Federal Aid for Missouri September Floods

FEMA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced on Friday October 31, 2014, that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe storms and flooding that struck between September 9 and 10, 2014.

Funding will be available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe weather.

The counties covered by the announcement are: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, Sullivan, and Worth.

The aid could include 75% of the costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health.  It could also include at least 75% of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas, and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities.

Funding is also available for the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.

There will be a series of briefings in the affected areas (details still to be announced) conducted by recovery officials. Funding application procedures will be laid out during these briefings.

For further details, see FEMA’s official announcement here.

File photo: Floods in Missouri. Photo: John Shappell
File photo: Floods in Missouri. Photo: John Shappell