On Wednesday, the Scotland County Commission said it can wait no longer. The Commission ordered the replacement of a culvert on County Road #861. The site is awaiting approval for FEMA disaster assistance, but the commission deemed the road issue to be too dangerous to wait any longer.
Several major storm-related repairs have remained on hold in Scotland County awaiting an official disaster declaration.
On July 21st, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon requested the federal government declare a major disaster for 70 of Missouri’s 114 counties as a result of the prolonged severe storm systems that generated tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, hail, flooding and flash flooding across large portions of the state since May 15.
The storm systems, which brought record rainfall to much of the state, extensively damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with homes and businesses, and resulted in at least 10 deaths, the Governor said.
“Beginning in mid-May, more than half of Missouri has been hit by a damaging and prolonged weather system that’s brought record rainfall to much of the state and led to extensive damage to public infrastructure and private property and led to tragic deaths,” Gov Nixon said. “Communities across the state have been hit with extensive response and rebuilding expenses. I’m asking that federal assistance be available to help with that effort.”
Gov. Nixon’s disaster declaration request is for public assistance in Scotland County as well as the following 67 counties: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barry, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Douglas, Gentry, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, McDonald, Macon, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Ozark, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Platte, Polk, Putnam, Ralls, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Shannon, Shelby, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Washington, Webster, Worth and Wright.
In addition, the Governor is seeking individual assistance for these 15 counties: Barry, Clay, Christian, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Osage, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Stone and Webster. Each of those counties, except for Greene and Jackson, also is included in the request for public assistance.
Individual assistance means that eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding; public assistance allows local governments and eligible nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.
Gov. Nixon first declared a state of emergency in Missouri on June 18. The Governor’s order activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist local authorities. Last week, the Governor extended the state of emergency until August 14.
On July 23rd, in an effort led by U.S. Representative Sam Graves, all of Missouri’s Congressional delegation, including the state’s two Senators, sent a letter to the President asking him to approve Governor Nixon’s request for a federal emergency disaster declaration.
“Missourians spend hours and hours doing the hard work that is necessary to prepare for flooding, but unfortunately our efforts are sometimes not enough,” Rep. Graves said. “I urge the President to approve this assistance without delay, as many communities throughout north Missouri have been stretched to the limit by floods we’ve seen over the past few months.”
Graves highlighted several federal programs and agencies that can offer post-flooding assistance.
Those whose homes have been damaged by flooding can receive assistance through FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance program. https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
Businesses impacted by flooding can apply through SBA Disaster Loans.
Finally, information on assistance for farmers through the USDA’s Disaster Assistance Program can be found here http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/index