Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Blunt issues executive order to expedite cleanup

Gov. Matt Blunt issued an executive order today to expedite cleanup of the areas hit by Saturday's tornadoes. The news release read:

Gov. Matt Blunt today issued an executive order to help Missourians cleanup damage caused by this weekend’s tornadoes. The order allows the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the flexibility needed to help expedite debris removal and disposal.
"Missouri families are well into picking up the pieces left behind from this weekend’s tornadoes," Gov. Blunt said. "As we work to clean up the mess that these tornadoes left behind I have directed regulating agencies to work with Missourians to make the recovery and restoration process as smooth as possible."
The governor’s executive order gives DNR flexibility surrounding laws and rules pertaining to waste disposal and ensures Missourians can safely and effectively eliminate debris left by the tornadoes.
Yesterday Gov. Blunt announced that joint FEMA/SEMA Damage Assessment teams would be in the area through today collecting property damage information for citizens and businesses.
Missourians who need resource referrals or non-emergency help are urged to call 211. The 211 Service is now available for most areas of Missouri and helps citizens with disaster information and referrals. In areas where 211 is not operational, citizens may call 800-427-4626.

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