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July 21, 2006

Talent-Bond Ask President to Quickly Approve Major Disaster Declaration For Missouri

U.S. Senators Jim Talent (R-Mo.) and Kit Bond (Mo.) have asked the President to quickly approve Governor Matt Blunt�s request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri in response to last night�s storm.

"The St. Louis region was hit last night with one of the worst storms in recent history resulting in the loss of life, dozens of injuries, millions of dollars worth of infrastructure damage and leaving nearly a half a million homes and businesses without power," said U.S. Sen. Jim Talent. "We are asking the Administration to quickly approve this request to help provide additional relief for those who are suffering as a result of the storm."

In a letter to the President, Senators Talent and Bond pointed out that the storm damage and extreme heat has created dangerous health hazards for Missourians. The Senators point out that the storm could result in millions of dollars in needed emergency assistance. Senators Talent and Bond requested assistance for St. Louis City and Dent, Iron, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis and Washington Counties. They'e asked the President to grant the request promptly in order for state and local governments to begin recovering from this disaster.

Missourians in the St. Louis area can contact the following in case of emergency:

CRU/Seniosr With Disabilities Related to Heat - 1-800-392-0201

United Way - 1-800-427-4626

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) advises Missouri residents to take extra precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses and deaths as a result of record extreme high temperatures and recent storm damages that caused power outages to many residents.

Read the DHSS flyer for additional information.

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