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Joplin Restoration Put On Hold To Help East Coast

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A taxi sits in flood water on Coney Island after Hurricane Irene hit, in New York, August 28, 2011.  The death toll from Irene has risen to 12 across five eastern US states, emergency officials said Sunday, as the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm, passing New York City.  (AFP Getty/ Emmanuel Dunand)

A taxi sits in flood water on Coney Island after Hurricane Irene hit, in New York, August 28, 2011. The death toll from Irene has risen to 12 across five eastern US states, emergency officials said Sunday, as the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm, passing New York City. (AFP Getty/ Emmanuel Dunand)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some federal money pledged to Joplin, Mo., and other disaster sites is being diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene, a move that is raising the concern of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Bob Josephson of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday that FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund is running low. He says individual aid to victims of the May 22 tornado that destroyed about one-third of Joplin will continue, but money for long-term public repair and rebuilding projects will be used for immediate disaster relief on the East Coast.

Josephson says it will be up to Congress to restore full funding to Joplin and other places hit by disasters this year.

McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, told The Associated Press she will work to ensure that Joplin gets the promised funding.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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