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Biden approves disaster declaration for Missouri flooding

ST. LOUIS — President Joe Biden has approved Missouri’s request for a federal disaster declaration in response to severe flooding that hit St. Louis last month.

Biden's Monday decision makes St. Louis-area residents eligible for federal help with temporary housing, home repairs and some health care. Applicants can also get counseling and disaster-related unemployment assistance.

Record rainfall caused widespread flash flooding across the St. Louis area July 26-28. Authorities say two people drowned and many more needed to be rescued.

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