State of Missouri Recovery Update


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Missouri Recovers from the Historic 2017 Flooding


The White House announced today that it has approved Missouri for a federal disaster declaration, unlocking additional federal funding to affected individuals and communities. The Governor’s May 24 disaster request estimated total losses and expenses of over $86M: 

  • 12 rivers exceeded flood records, causing damage to homes, businesses, bridges and roads
  • 1,217 homes suffered major damage or were destroyed (an additional 678 homes received minor damage)
  • 283 businesses were damaged or destroyed

The state is making preparations to immediately begin working with community action agencies, local and regional officials, and federal partners to deploy additional resources. Those in need of assistance and interested in applying for federal help are asked to call FEMA’s hotline 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit at . You have 60 days from the date of the disaster declaration to register. The quicker you register, the quicker you can get FEMA assistance. 

Additionally, as a result of flooding that took place in southern parts of the Midwest in early April, U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest economic injury disaster loans are now available to small non-farm businesses in the following eight Missouri counties that are contiguous to Arkansas: Barry, Butler, Dunklin, Oregon, Pemiscot, Ripley, Stone, and Taney counties. SBA assistance information and applications are available online here.

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Members of Missouri’s State flood recovery team meet before a conference call with reporters Thursday.

This week, the state covered a lot of ground to help citizens, businesses, and communities move forward with flood recovery efforts, starting with Gov. Eric Greitens appointing Patrick Baker as Missouri's Flood Recovery Coordinator.  Baker comes from Lt. Governor Mike Parson’s Office. This is the first time a Missouri Governor has appointed a disaster recovery coordinator before a federal disaster declaration has been issued.

“While the flooding has had a devastating impact on Missouri communities, our state team is already leaning forward across departmental lines to ensure we do everything we can to support recovery and rebuilding,” Baker said. “Missourians are resilient and determined, and working as a team I am confident we’ll build communities stronger for the future.” 

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  • Final tabulations show that a total of more than 1,400 households were served during the 15 Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) held in flood-impacted communities across the state. This was the most MARCs ever held for a single disaster in Missouri, and the most people served.
  • Missouri still has 16 state roads closed due to flooding – down from a high of 384 on April 30. On May 22, there were 23 roads closed.
  • MoDOT reports replacements are being designed for the three bridges that were washed out. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
  • $92,000 in Disaster Relief Funds was dispersed to help 86 households with housing needs. 87 additional households are being assessed for assistance. 

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Local volunteers at Ripley County’s donations management center.

Visit for more flood recovery resources. Updated daily.

United Way 211 is the go-to source for 24/7 assistance with unmet flood recovery needs. Call 2-1-1 for assistance or contact 211 online at

Call FEMA’s hotline 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit at . You have 60 days from the date of the disaster declaration to register. The quicker you register, the quicker you can get FEMA assistance. 

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