The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency visits Missouri to tour some of the areas hard hit by the recent severe flooding. FEMA Administrator David Paulison was joined by Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, State Public Safety Director Mark James, Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel James Keathley, and State Emergency Management Director Ron Reynolds in meetings with local authorities in Pacific and Valley Park in the St. Louis area, as well as in Allenville and Dutchtown in the Cape Girardeau area.
As he started out on his tour, Paulison took the opportunity to complement Missouri’s emergency personnel for their handling of the flooding. Paulison says emergency crews are now conducting preliminary damage assessments, and he expects those to be wrapped up in the next day or so.
Flood victims with flood insurance are covered by their companies. Those without coverage or without adequate insurance could be entitled to assistance, but the maximum federal payment would be $28,800 – much less than actual damages in many cases. [Video by Jon Allison]