Governor announces total flood recovery funding of nearly $116 million - Newstalk KZRG

Governor announces total flood recovery funding of nearly $116 million – Newstalk KZRG

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) Gov. Mike Parson announced Friday that more than 13,500 Missouri households have been approved for a $42.9 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as the application period for disaster relief FEMA disaster for the St. Louis area flooding in July ended this month.

Including National Flood Insurance payments to policyholders and U.S. Small Business Administration loans, total assistance to residents and businesses in St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County amounted to more than $115.9 million.

“Supporting families and businesses and helping the St. Louis area recover were our top priorities following the devastating historic floods that affected the St. Louis area July 25-28,” Governor Parson said. . “We are grateful that community partners have come together in the recovery effort and that more than 13,500 Missouri families are being helped through our combined state and FEMA outreach efforts.”

Those affected by the July flooding are reminded that FEMA representatives are still available at the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, and that any additional eligible expenses discovered after the close of the FEMA application period on November 7 will be considered for reimbursement. .

With the onset of cold weather, homeowners who applied for FEMA assistance before the Nov. 7 deadline and suffered flood-related damage to furnaces or HVAC systems may still be eligible for a refund and should submit quotes or invoices for repair or replacement to FEMA. FEMA also reminds those approved for assistance that they may still be eligible for rental assistance if the need for a temporary place to stay has arisen while repairs are underway.

“From the very beginning, our collaboration with the State of Missouri and local authorities has been exceptional,” said DuWayne Tewes, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer. “Everyone worked to make sure survivors had access to resources that would help them recover.

  • FEMA approved $42.9 million in individual assistance grants for tenants and landlords for emergency repairs, repair or replacement of essential personal property, rental assistance and other needs serious not covered by insurance.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $40.4 million in claims for flood insurance policyholders.
  • The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $32.6 million in disaster loans for 1,044 homeowners, tenants and businesses.

Eligible businesses and private nonprofits in St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County can still apply for an SBA Economic Disaster Loan. Businesses and nonprofits can apply online or upload applications at https://Assistanceprêtcatastrophe.sba.govt/. Applicants may also call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955. The deadline to apply for an SBA Economic Disaster Loan is May 8, 2023.

Prior to the approval of federal assistance, the National Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and voluntary and community organizations, including the Red Cross, organized Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) that took place over eight days and provided one-stop assistance for those affected by the floods. In total, more than 7,450 people have been assisted by ADRs with emergency financial assistance, replacement food stamps, insurance information and other forms of assistance.

Governor Parson’s request for a federal declaration of major disaster was approved by President Joe Biden on August 8. The federal declaration of major disaster also makes available federal mitigation grants to improve infrastructure to prevent damage from future severe storms. Prior to the federal disaster declaration, Governor Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the state’s emergency operations plan, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with jurisdictions local authorities to provide emergency services.

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