USDA agencies in Missouri are holding meetings this week for farmers, landowners and local governments that have damages from recent flooding. Harold Deckerd, with the Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service, said the NRCS, Farm Service Agency, Rural Development and Risk Management Agencies will have representatives at the meetings to explain flood recovery assistance options for the various damages.
“Reports of a few levee breaks – we may be able to assist with. We’re limited to a drainage area of 400 square miles. Log jams, debris removal from streams. I think we’ve heard several applicants say they have that,” said Deckerd.
Deckerd said the meetings will be held where the biggest impact was felt.
“A path of rainfall that was probably 60 miles wide that would – if you envisioned I-44, it was pretty well around that I-44 corridor,” said Deckerd.
The area had between eight and 10 inches of rain in about three days.
The first meeting will be Wednesday in Springfield at the Missouri Conservation Department Nature Center at 9 a.m. Another meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Rolla at the Comfort Suites Conference Center. The third will be Thursday in Union, Missouri at 9:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus building.
Those who can’t attend are urged to call their FSA county office.
Julie Harker of Brownfield Ag News contributed to this story.