FEMA Diverts Money From Missouri Tornado Relief to East Coast

ST. LOUIS -- Some federal money pledged to Joplin, Mo., and other disaster sites is being diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene, a move that is raising the concern of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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 full funding to Joplin and other places hit by disasters this year.

McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, told The Associated Press she will work to ensure that Joplin gets the promised funding.