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March 6, 2012MARYVILLE, MO | By: Wayman
Both state and federal teams are coming to the aid of southern Missouri storm victims.
The leap day storm spawned tornados and caused extensive damage to homes and businesses in the Branson region. State treasurer Clint Zweifel has now authorized emergency 24-hour loans for the 12 counties effected by the storms. THe state's emergency process is called "Help", or "Harmed Area Emergency Loan Priority System." The counties under the emergency approvals are Barry, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dallas, Laclede, Madison, Phelps, Pulaski, Scott, Stoddard, Stone, and Taney. In addition the federal emergency management agency says its deployed disaster teams to work along side state agencies to evaluate the damage. Those damage assessments in the damaged Missouri areas were finished this past weekend. The assessments will help determine if federal disaster assistance will be available. Similar teams are also being deployed in Kansas. Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Nearly 40 people have been killed in storms in those states since leap day.