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President Obama made disaster funding available to the state of Missouri on Friday after a summer of severe storms. Governor Nixon said the weather caused an estimated $38 million in damages.

Federal aid is available to help the recovery in areas affected by tornadoes, high winds and flooding between May 15 and July 27.

The funding is largely for public infrastructure like roads and bridges that were damaged in the weather. Additionally, funding is available to help pay overtime for response departments like police and fire.

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MissouriĀ Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to declare a major disaster for 70 counties due to spring and summer storms that caused tornadoes, torrential rains and flooding across much of the state.

Nixon made the request Tuesday, citing damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with homes and businesses. At least 10 deaths are blamed on the storms and flooding.

Nixon says that since mid-May, more than half of the state has been damaged, and many places face extensive response and rebuilding expenses.