17 Counties Included in Federal Disaster Assistance Due to Storms and Flooding
Even though some damage and some areas were flooded in Pettis and Johnson counties due to storms and rainfall in the second half of June up to July 1, the two counties are not included in a request for federal assistance.
Some other area counties are included in the latest request by Governor Mike Parson for federal disaster relief due to the recent storm and flooding in Missouri.
Along with 17 counties that are on the list for the assistance, Boone, Cooper, Moniteau and Saline are the local counties included. The other counties seeking assistance are Andrew, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Holt, Howard, Lincoln, Livingston, Montgomery and Ray.
It was requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) in the 17 counties in response to the more recent severe storms and flooding.
With the severe storms from June 19 and continuing through July 1, joint teams will survey the damage in preparation for the state's official request for federal disaster assistance.
Joint Damage Assessment Teams are made up of local emergency managers and representatives from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA. Working together, the teams will document damage to public infrastructure and estimate recovery costs. Requesting joint PDAs is one of the first steps the state must take in order to request the President to issue a federal Major Disaster Declaration. For Public Assistance, both state and county thresholds would need to be met in order for a county to be included in the request.