Federal disaster relief could be expanded to lend help to more people who suffered losses from recent flooding.
On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon requested the federal government issue a major disaster declaration for the state of Missouri as a result of the severe storms that generated flooding and flash flooding throughout much of the southern portion of the state from Aug. 2 to Aug. 14.
All three lake area counties, Camden, Miller and Morgan are included on the list that could see additional help.
Miller County officials estimated as much as $1 million in damage. At least 40 percent of the bridges and low water crossing were damaged by the flooding in that county.
In Camden County, FEMA and SEMA representatives toured Linn Creek and southern parts of the county including Richland and Stoutland on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The group took a look at the Linn Creek Industrial Park and Route Y areas, as well as businesses in Osage Beach, parts of Horseshoe Bend, Camdenton and Sunrise Beach.
Damage was scattered in Morgan County.
“The cost in responding to the flooding and in repairing public infrastructure and individual property will be high, and it’s appropriate to request assistance with those costs from the federal government,” a press release from Nixon’s office states.
Nixon’s disaster declaration request is for both public assistance and individual assistance in the 14 counties: Barry, Camden, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Taney, Texas and Webster. The governor is seeking public assistance in four additional counties — Cedar, Dade, Shannon and Wright — and individual assistance in four other counties: Dent, Gasconade, Morgan and Polk.
Individual assistance means that eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding; public assistance allows local governments to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.
On Aug. 6, Nixon declared a state of emergency due to flooding, and on Aug. 7 ordered the deployment of Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldiers to assist local authorities in protecting lives and property from flooding.