USA – Missouri Governor Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Historic Flooding

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens requested that President Donald Trump approve a major disaster declaration for the state that would provide federal assistance to a total of 51 counties in response to historic and devastating flooding that began 28 April.

“As soon as safely possible, damage assessment teams began operating all over Missouri. Their reports confirm just how devastating this historic flood was for many communities in Missouri,” Gov. Eric Greitens said. “Today, I am requesting that President Trump approve federal assistance for flood survivors and businesses. This assistance will help our people begin to rebuild, and help local communities with costly emergency response and infrastructure repair costs. The people of Missouri are strong. Communities are coming together to rebuild. Support from the administration is essential to that effort.”

The flooding brought as much as 10-12 inches of rain to some areas, pushed at least a dozen rivers and major creeks to records crests, led to hundreds of flood rescues and evacuations, and resulted in major damage and the destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses.

Based on joint Preliminary Damage Assessments conducted by the State Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency and local officials, Gov. Greitens is requesting Individual Assistance for 37 Missouri counties, which would allow eligible residents to seek federal assistance with temporary housing, housing repairs, replacement of damaged belongings, vehicles and other qualifying expenses as a result of the flooding. The Governor is also requesting that the U.S. Small Business Administration assist businesses, homeowners, and renters in the 37 counties with low-interest loans.

The 37 counties for which Individual Assistance is being requested are: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne, and Wright.

Based on joint Preliminary Damage Assessments conducted by SEMA, FEMA and local officials, Gov. Greitens has also requested Public Assistance for 45 Missouri counties, in order to allow local governments and qualifying nonprofit agencies to seek federal assistance for reimbursement of emergency response and recovery costs, including repair and replacement costs for damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

The 45 counties for which Public Assistance is being requested are: Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Butler, Camden, Carter, Cedar, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Iron, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Maries, Miller, McDonald, Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster, and Wright.

Those affected by the flooding are encouraged to continue documenting losses by photographing damage and retaining all receipts. As additional information about damage becomes available, the Governor may add other counties to his request.

On April 28, Gov. Greitens declared a state of emergency in preparation for the heavy rain and flash flooding that National Weather Service forecasts indicated would impact much of the state. The emergency declaration activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, allowing state agencies to coordinate quickly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services as needs arose. On April 30, the Governor signed an executive order that activated hundreds of Missouri National Guardsmen in addition to those who were initially participating in helicopter search and rescue missions. Since the start of this emergency, every department in our State government has contributed to the relief and recovery effort.

Flood Summary

Last updated: May 8, 2017
Event
South and Midwest USA, April to May 2017
Date
April 28, 2017
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Clever
B - Cape Girardeau
C - Crocker
D - Valley Park
E - Eureka Springs
F - Springdale
G - Fayetteville
H - Hindsville
I - Pocahontas
J - Pacific

Magnitude

Rainfall level
215.9 mm in 24 hours
Savoy, Washington County, Arkansas - April 29 to April 30, 2017
Rainfall level
199.39 mm in 24 hours
Guy, Faulkner County, Arkansas - April 29 to April 30, 2017
Rainfall level
198.62 mm in 24 hours
Georgetown, White County, Arkansas - April 29 to April 30, 2017
River level
11.71 metres
Meramec River at Valley Park - May 2 to May 2, 2017
The Meramec at Valley Park stood at 38.43 feet on Tuesday, 02 May, above the 25 feet (7.62 metres) major flood stage.
River level
8.82 metres
Black River, Pocahontas, Arkansas - May 2 to May 2, 2017
A record level of 28.95 feet / 8.82 metres was reached along the Black River at Pocahontas (Randolph County) on 02 May, 2017, breaking the previous record of 28.5 feet / 8.69 metres set in late April, 2011. Major flood stage is 25 feet / 7.62 metres.

Damages

Fatalities
6 people
Missouri - April 29 to May 3, 2017
Evacuated
111 people
Missouri - April 29 to May 2, 2017
Evacuated
500 people
Arkansas - April 29 to May 2, 2017
Rescued
143 people
Missouri - April 29 to May 2, 2017
Fatalities
7 people
Arkansas - April 29 to May 2, 2017