One community hit by last weekend’s tornadoes may get passed over for one form of federal help. The Joplin Globe reports the storm that hit Baxter Springs, Kan. did not meet federal guidelines for FEMA disaster aid.
The EF-2 tornado damaged about 100 of the city’s 2,000 homes and 12 businesses when it blew through the small Kansas town near Joplin last Sunday. Local leaders say damage assessment teams tell them the storm’s magnitude was not strong enough to qualify for the assistance.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has requested a Small Business Administration disaster declaration for Cherokee County and adjacent counties. That would make long-term, low interest lows available to homeowners and business owners who need help rebuilding after the storm. Local officials expect an answer to that request early this week.