ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to clarify what federal disaster money targeted for the state may be delayed because of Hurricane Irene and other recent disasters.

FEMA said earlier this week it has frozen some aid to tornado- and flood-ravaged Missouri and the South to focus on immediate help on the East Coast and to make sure there is adequate money for other disasters.

In a letter on Wednesday to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Nixon says the announcement is causing confusion and concern. He says many Missouri communities are counting on “significant support” from the federal government in rebuilding efforts.

A FEMA spokesman says the letter is being reviewed and the agency will respond to the governor in a timely manner.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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