Aid for Ferguson businesses being lined-up as police presence lessens

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CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – In a press held just over an hour ago in Clayton, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson announced the start of a drawdown of police officers at the  command headquarters at the Buzz Westfall Center in Jennings. The command post has been in operation for almost two weeks since the day after the riot and looting on West Florissant Avenue on August 10th.

Earlier Wednesday, workers from the Missouri Department of Insurance were in Ferguson helping businesses affected by the protest and looting to file claims. While business leaders are working to get the word out that Ferguson is open for new businesses and shopping.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the U.S. Department of Human Services is distributing funds to St. Louis relief agencies.

St. Louis County is providing a million dollars in emergency aid to less the hardship on residents and businesses.

Meanwhile senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill are seeking federal funds to aid businesses in the wake of the protest of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting on August 9th.

A state aid package is expected to be released later this week for businesses in Ferguson.