FEMA diverts some Joplin money to East Coast

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Some federal money pledged to tornado-ravaged Joplin and other disaster sites is being diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene.

Bob Josephson of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday that FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund is running low. He says individual aid to victims of the May 22 tornado that destroyed about one-third of Joplin will continue, but money for long-term public repair and rebuilding projects will be used for immediate disaster relief on the East Coast.

Josephson says it will be up to Congress to restore funding to Joplin and other places hit by disasters earlier this year. Those areas include parts of Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tells The Associated Press she will work to ensure that Joplin gets the promised money.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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