Important MoRecovery Update


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Missouri reports strong progress in flooding recovery

A before/after image of Castlewood State Park's picnic shelter which was closed for nearly six weeks due to the flooding but restored beautifully as shown above.

Less than five weeks after Missouri received a major disaster declaration for historic flooding and severe storms, the state’s disaster recovery team reported that more than $66 million in payments to disaster survivors is helping fuel the state’s recovery effort.

“Our state recovery team, FEMA and our local partners are all working in close coordination to get the word out that the time to register for assistance and ask questions about the help available is now,” Missouri Disaster Recovery Coordinator Patrick Baker said. “We are pleased with the assistance provided thus far. Our team will continue to work to identify programs through which further assistance may be made available during the long-term recovery effort.”

“It is important for those who have been impacted, to register for assistance,” FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Connie Johnson-Cage said. “Don’t eliminate yourself from consideration. Call 800-621-3362 before the Aug. 1 deadline and see if we can help. It only takes about 20 minutes and we may be able to assist in your recovery.”

Be on the lookout for upcoming deadlines as they are fast approaching. Please check at the bottom of this update to find a list of all upcoming #MoRecovery deadlines.

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  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency has made more than $10.2 million in grant payments for emergency home repairs, rental assistance, the replacement of essential personal property and other eligible expenses to 1,588 disaster survivors.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved approximately $9.1 million in low-interest disaster loans to more than 140 homeowners, renters and businesses.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program has made payments totaling just under $47 million in payments to 931 Missouri policyholders. NFIP continues to process more than 350 additional claims.
  • FEMA's 23 recovery centers have logged more than 1,600 visits by survivors for one-on-one counseling on available assistance, flood insurance, mitigation methods and disaster loans from SBA. 
  • The Disaster Recovery Centers in Carter and Howell counties are scheduled to close at 2 p.m. on Saturday July 8. The centers in Oregon, Ozark and Stone counties remain open. Check the state’s disaster recovery page at for details. 
  • Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) continue to provide information and services at many of the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.
  • The Missouri Department of Mental Health announced FEMA had awarded the department a $500,000 Crisis Counseling Program grant that will fund psychological services to help build resiliency among disaster survivors. 


  • July 14: Requests for Public Assistance from governments and nonprofits must be received by FEMA, after processing by SEMA.
  • August 1: Homeowners, renters and businesses must register and apply with FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for federal disaster assistance or a low-interest disaster assistance loan. 
  • February 2: Farmers from counties included in the Presidential disaster declaration are eligible for USDA FSA low-interest loans.    

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    The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in the West Plains Civic Center, which opened on June 13, closes permanently at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.

    Visit for more flood recovery resources. The site is 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 helpline, 800-621-3362, or visit . You have 60 days from the date of the disaster declaration (Aug. 1) to register. The quicker you register, the quicker you can get FEMA assistance. 


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