By Kevin Killeen

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOX) – The recent tornadoes and flooding in St. Charles County may force budget cuts, unless federal disaster money kicks in.

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says the county has spent $2.4 million in response to the severe weather.

“Our highway department took their first day off last Sunday because it was Father’s Day,” he says. “We are anticipating collecting about 50,000 tons of tree and limb debris.”

St. Charles County had enough costs to qualify for federal disaster help, but they will only receive it if the state as a whole reaches a threshold of $8 million in costs, he says. It is not clear yet if that will happen.

“We do save for a rainy day, or in this case a windy day, and we have $1.8 million dollars in an emergency fund and we will have to do what it takes to balance our budget,” Ehlmann says.


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