Missouri flooding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments across a total of 56 counties — almost half the 114 counties in the state — in response to tornadoes, severe storms and worsening flooding.

The joint teams will survey damage that began with severe storms on April 29 and continued since then in preparation for a request from Gov. Mike Parson for federal disaster assistance.

“Since March, nearly every corner of the state has been impacted by historic flooding, destructive tornadoes and severe storms,” Parson said in a news release. “We’ve closed more than 380 roads, halted barge loading on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, shut down several railroad lines, and hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes.”

National Flood Insurance Program figures show that from March 1 through June 10, more than 600 claims have been filed in Missouri for flooding losses.

On May 20, President Donald Trump approved Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration to help counties recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16.

The declaration made federal assistance available for the repair of damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs associated with the storms and flooding. The governor’s April 24 request stated $25 million in qualifying expenses had already been identified.