Congressman Cleaver Applauds Announcement of Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri Flooding

May 21, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) released the following statement today after President Trump approved a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Missouri following severe flooding throughout the state.

“This disaster funding is critical to rebuilding the communities that were devasted by the unusual flooding this spring,” said Congressman Cleaver. “I’m pleased that the administration made the common sense decision to approve this Disaster Declaration, and to the local, state, and federal leaders who worked to ensure these communities received the assistance they so desperately need. Now the real work of rebuilding homes, roads, and bridges begins.”

The Disaster Declaration comes following a letter from the entire Missouri delegation requesting the administration grant the declaration request. The declaration will trigger the release of Federal funds to help communities recover from the flooding. Counties that are eligible for Public Assistance (PA) include: Ray, Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, and Ste. Genevieve Counties.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matthew Helfant at 202-225-4535 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.