Receding rivers will give damage assessment teams a chance to begin collecting property damage information from the severe flooding. Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) has announced eight joint federal and state teams will begin that work, beginning Tuesday, by focusing on citizens and businesses in 41 counties impacted by that flooding. Additional could be added as local information becomes available.

The joint damage assessment teams are made up of representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, and local governments. They’ll begin verifying damages for Federal Disaster Assistance for Citizens and Businesses. The teams will later collect information associated with damages to public property, critical infrastructure, and debris removal to support the Governor’s request for the Federal Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance.