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Published June 7, 2017

Trump approves disaster declaration

JEFFERSON CITY – The three lake area counties (Camden, Miller and Morgan) will have the opportunity to received federal assistance now that President Donald Trump has approved Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ request for disaster declaration.

Greitens had requested that The President approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri that would provide federal assistance to 45 counties in response to the flooding that began April 28.

None of the three lake area counties will be eligible for Individual Assistance (for individuals effected by the flooding) but all three will be eligible for Public Assistance (this will help assist local governments and certain nonprofits).

The declaration was in response to flooding that began April 28 and led to the destruction or major damage of more than 1,200 homes and at least $58 million in damage to roads, bridges, other public infrastructure and emergency response costs.

Greitens’ May 24 disaster request estimated total losses and expenses of over $86 million.

“This declaration is important. It means that federal assistance is available for people in areas hit hardest by the flooding. It means we can help families who lost their homes. People will be able to apply for temporary housing, help with repairs, and get some household essentials,” Greitens said. “Businesses can get some help to get back on their feet and fix the damage to their properties. Our counties and towns will be able to get some money to repair and rebuild.”

The Missouri counties eligible under the Individual Assistance program are Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Individuals and families who sustained damage or losses due to the flooding and severe storms from April 28 to May 11, 2017 in one of the Missouri counties included in the Individual Assistance disaster declaration can register for disaster assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, or by going online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

The quicker Missourians register with FEMA, the quicker they may be able to receive assistance, a spokesman said.

The deadline for most individual assistance programs is 60 days after the President’s major disaster declaration. Disaster aid to eligible individuals generally falls into the following categories:

• Housing Assistance may be available for up to 18 months for displaced homeowners or renters whose primary residences received major damage or were destroyed. Funding also can be provided for housing repairs and replacement of damaged items to make homes habitable.
• Other Needs Assistance may be available for other disaster-related expenses, including essential household items, moving and storage, vehicles, medical and dental, child care, funeral and burial, and some clean-up items not covered by insurance and other assistance programs.
• Low-Interest Disaster Loans are available after a disaster for homeowners and renters from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover uninsured property losses. Loans may be available for repair or replacement of homes, automobiles, clothing or other damaged personal property. Loans are also available to businesses for property loss and economic injury.
• Other Disaster Assistance Programs include crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment assistance, disaster case management, legal advice and assistance, including with income tax, housing issues, consumer protection, Social Security and veterans’ benefits.

Those affected by the flooding are encouraged to continue to document losses, including photographing damage and retaining receipts.

The State Emergency Management Agency is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to identify locations in which FEMA will operate Disaster Recovery Centers to assist flooding survivors with answers to their questions and help with registering for assistance.

However, there is no need to wait to register and flood survivors are encouraged to register online or by calling FEMA.

For more information about Missouri’s response to the flooding and recovery resources, please visit https://recovery.mo.gov/

The site is updated as new information becomes available.

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