Three months later: More than $75 million approved for Missouri flood survivors

Almost three months ago, heavy rains brought flooding and storms to cities along the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec Rivers. Since that time, more than $75 million has been approved in the form of disaster grants to individuals and families, flood insurance payments, and low-interest loans to renters, homeowners and businesses.

It isn’t too late to receive assistance. The deadline to register for federal assistance is Monday, March 21, 2016. Those who register with FEMA can be referred to national and locally-active voluntary, faith-based and non-governmental agencies when federal assistance cannot meet all of their needs.

A few milestones from the Missouri flood disaster:

$11,828,408 in FEMA grants to nearly 2,300 individuals and families for emergency home repairs, repair or replacement of essential personal property, rental assistance, and help with funeral, medical, dental, legal and other disaster-related expenses. $11,649,800 in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to more than 270 homeowners, renters and businesses. $52,118,027 in National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) payments. More than 1,700 survivors visited 15 disaster recovery centers to get one-on-one counseling on survivor assistance, flood insurance, mitigation methods, low-interest loans and other information. FEMA floodplain management specialists fielded 335 technical assistance calls and questions from NFIP participating communities. FEMA floodplain management specialists worked with the state on substantial damage software and inspection training for local officials in NFIP participating communities.

(News Release from FEMA Region 7)