More than 59-million federal dollars have come to individual Missourians in response to flooding in that happened between December 23 and January 9. Missourians have until March 21 to register for assistance.
Spokesman John Mills says of $10.9-million in disaster assistance grants, about $8-million went to people in the St. Louis region.
“Based on that you would call that the hardest hit area in the state, but we’ve also seen hard-hit areas in Cape Girardeau, in the Jefferson City area, south of Jefferson City to Rolla, also in the Springfield/Branson areas and also in the Joplin area and counties to the south of the City of Joplin,” saids Mills. “Of the more than 2000 households statewide that have received assistance, about 1400 of them are in the St. Louis metro area.”
“That is not to say that other parts of the state weren’t hard hit,” said Mills. “If you were hit by this flooding and your life is turned upside-down, you’re going to be able to get the same level of assistance no matter what part of the state you live in.”
More than $40-million dollars in National Flood Insurance payments have been made to Missourians and $7.6-million in low-interestloans to small businesses. That doesn’t count help for governments.
“We’re going to be helping local governments with roads and other public assistance projects in addition to all the assistance that’s been provided to individuals,” said Mills.
Mills says even after the 21, those still needing flood relief assistance should still contact FEMA.
“If FEMA can’t provide the help directly, we may be able to refer you to another organization or agency that could provide some additional assistance to families in need,” said Mills.
He encourages people to contact the Agency at disasterassistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362.