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The major disaster declaration, declared on Sept. 6, will allow local governments and nonprofit organizations to seek assistance in response to any severe weather related damage.
The counties listed under the declaration include: Barry, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, Taney, Texas, Webster, and Wright.
William Sexton is the director of Webster County Emergency Management.
“With us we had over $2.6 million in damage of infrastructure and then we also had this storm in the May/June time frame. We were also in that declared disaster which was over $900,000,” Sexton said.
Sexton said due to damaged roads and bridges, some people have to take alternate routes to access their homes, which also contain water damage.
“It was a house trailer somebody was living in was completely inundated with water and so was their vehicle so they lost everything they had. A lot of people will have to have all their carpet ripped out where the houses flooded to get the mold out of there and possibly part of the drywall taken off. So we’re looking for assistance to try and get some of those people taken care of,” Sexton said.
Taney County Emergency Management’s Melissa Duckworth says some roadways and bridges were washed out by the flooding, and the City of Hollister also sustained damage to some roads and to a sewer line.
“For the disaster declaration that is in place now the funding will go mostly for redoing the roadways, the emergency actions that were taken, and the debris removal. And also rebuilding an area up around a bridge,” Duckworth said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency detailed the major disaster declaration DR-144 for severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding.
Now, the federal government said the Governor’s Aug. 27 request for individual assistance for 18 Missouri counties, including Webster and Taney, are under review. Individual assistance provides money and services to people in a disaster area when losses that are not covered by insurance and property has been damaged or destroyed.
“We know that we’re really waiting to see if we get the individual declaration because it will greatly help the people that were affected within the city limits of Hollister,” Duckworth said.
For KSMU News, I’m Briana Simmons.