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Missouri gets $10 million from Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover from June flooding, storms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday announced approval of federal disaster assistance for Missouri to supplement local and state recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornados and flooding from June 24 to July 1.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson in August requested $10 million in qualifying disaster-related expenses identified in 21 counties.

“FEMA’s approval of our request means millions of dollars in federal and state reimbursements will now go to hard-hit communities in 21 Missouri counties,” Parson said in a statement. “We appreciate the hard work of our local emergency managers and officials to assess the damage and tally expenses to meet the initial federal reporting requirements. Their communities and taxpayers will now benefit from their efforts.”

Local governments and eligible nonprofits will receive reimbursements for emergency response costs and repairs to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The 21 counties are Andrew, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, Grundy, Holt, Howard, Lincoln, Livingston, Moniteau, Montgomery, Ralls, Ray and Saline.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide, according to a FEMA statement.

The National Weather Service issued eight tornado warnings between June 24-26 in central and northern Missouri. Some northern Missouri counties recorded monthly rainfall amounts between 12 and 15 inches in June. Some counties designated to receive assistance had extremely high monthly rainfall totals in June: Andrew (14.26 inches), Boone (15.95), Caldwell (13.57), Cooper (12.94), Holt (12.74), Howard (17.59), Ray (15.12) and Saline (16.01). Average rainfall in June is 4.6 inches.

Parts of northwestern and central Missouri had rainfall amounts ranging from 10 to 15 inches during the last 12 days of June, according to the Missouri Climate Center. Columbia Regional Airport recorded 10.85 inches of rain in June, the wettest June since 1928 when it recorded 14.86 inches. Reports show eight rivers had moderate to major flooding throughout the state from June 24-26.

Missouri’s request to FEMA was for damage and emergency response costs incurred from June 19 to July 1. FEMA’s notification covers June 24 to July 1.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) started efforts with the federal government to expand the incident period to include June 19-23 to maximize financial assistance to Missouri communities and eligible nonprofits.

Parson announced Missouri’s request for joint preliminary damage assessments in 17 counties on July 6. Audrain, Daviess, Grundy, and Ralls counties were later added to the request after more damage was documented. On July 8, joint preliminary damage assessment teams comprising representatives from SEMA, FEMA and local officials began validating damage data, estimating a total of more than $10 million in damage to public infrastructure and emergency response costs eligible for federal assistance.

David Gervino, the federal coordinating officer for recovery operations in Missouri’s affected areas, said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

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