Jackson County on Wednesday missed out on federal disaster assistance from February’s blizzard.

Jackson County on Wednesday missed out on federal disaster assistance from February’s blizzard.

The county incurred $1.6 million in costs – snow removal, employee overtime, damage to facilities – in the Feb. 1 storm, part of an estimated $14 million incurred by state and local governments. The storm dumped a foot or more of snow across much of the state and caused the overnight closure of most of Interstate 70 and much of Interstate 44.

Jackson County’s $1.6 million was far more than the costs borne by many smaller counties, but the federal formula measures costs against population, so sometimes larger counties lose out.

“It’s fair. It’s just disappointing,” said Mike Curry, Jackson County’s director of emergency preparedness and homeland security.

If the president declares a disaster, the federal government picks up three-fourths of the costs of dealing with it. Gov. Jay Nixon asked President Obama to declare a disaster in 64 counties, including the Kansas City area. Those counties cover the northern part of the state except along the Iowa border, plus as far south as Butler, Warsaw and Jefferson City. The president declared a disaster in 59 of those counties, leaving out three larger ones – Jackson, Platte and Buchanan.

The president also left out Camden County in central Missouri and Pike County in northeast Missouri, and the governor’s office is asking the president to reconsider on those two.