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Feds may not have a role in Baxter Springs Tornado

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Federal dollars may not flow to Baxter Springs residents to assist with reconstruction in the aftermath of last weeks tornado.

As the assessment of the damage continues, indications out of Topeka are that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will not become involved.

"I don't think there is enough damage. I don't think there's enough of an concentrated damage," said Jonathan York of Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

York says, the damage didn't affect a majority of the town.

"And that's something you unfortunately have to take into account when you do the assessment," said York.

The loss and damage to individuals and businesses is overwhelming, in some cases a total loss. But the cumulative destruction across the state may not reach the prescribed threshold of loss for FEMA to provide assistance. York says instead, the Small Business Administration could play a role.

"Small Business Administration I really think that's the most plausible scenario for long term interest loans for homeowners, renters, and business owners impacted by the storm," said York.

Governor Brownback had previously said he was working with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on a request to Washington for assistance. The status of that request is unknown at this time. York says it could come sometime next week.

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