Significant progress in Missouri's effort to recover from flooding
The recovery goes in debris clearance, and getting recovery money flowing to thousands of Missourians who suffered damage to homes and property.
The Governor said 96 percent of identified flooding debris has been cleared from neighborhoods in the St. Louis region and that FEMA reports more than $6.4 million in federal disaster assistance payments have already been made to individual flooding victims across the state since his major disaster declaration request was granted.
The Governor announced that through Tuesday, Operation Recovery, the federal-state curbside flood debris removal program for the St. Louis region, has removed and disposed of 2,412 tons of construction and demolition debris, 1,168 tons of sand and more than 23,000 household hazardous waste, appliances and electronic items in the 20 participating jurisdictions.
The program went in Arnold, Byrnes Mill, Eureka, Fenton, Florissant, Herculaneum, Kimmswick, Kirkwood, O'Fallon, Pacific, Portage des Sioux, St. Charles, St. Peters, Union, Valley Park and West Alton, as well as unincorporated areas of Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
The Governor also said that since the Jan. 21 approval of his federal major disaster declaration request, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already provided more than $6.4 million in federal disaster payments to flooding victims and families for housing repairs, replacement of damaged furnishings and other belongings, transportation expenses and other needs.
FEMA figures reported to the state today indicate 2,350 families and individuals in disaster designated counties have registered for assistance through Tuesday.
Individuals who sustained damage or losses due to the flooding between Dec. 23, 2015 and January 9, 2016 in one of the 33 Missouri counties included in the existing disaster declaration are encouraged to register for disaster aid online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
The deadline for applying for most individual assistance programs is March 21, 2016.
The Governor said that with Operation Recovery curbside pick-ups nearing completion, the program will conclude on Monday, February 15. ■