FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2017


SEMA Flood Recovery Update Brief – Monday, May 22


Going on today:

  • The Missouri Department of Insurance representatives met with a total of 634 families at the 15 Multi-Agency Resource Centers held in areas affected by flooding. They provided flood assistance and insurance education about property and casualty insurance.
  • The Missouri Department of Economic Development reports the Missouri Housing Development Commission has awarded $328,000 in disaster assistance funding to its network of community action agencies serving flood-impacted counties.
  • MoDOT's Missouri's Traveler Information Map reached 1 million visitors and its Customer Service line received 8,000 to 11,000 calls per day (a typical weekday is 600 to 800 calls).
    • Currently, 21 state roads remain closed due to flooding. At the height of the flooding, 384 roads were closed, nearly 100 more than the 285 closures during the 2015 flood.
  • Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments for both Individual and Public Assistance have been completed.
    • Assessments were conducted in a total of 51 counties: 32 counties for both Public and Individual Assistance; 14 for Public Assistance only, and five counties for Individual Assistance only.
    • Information gathered during the assessments will form the basis of Gov. Greitens’ planned federal disaster declaration request.
  • The MARCs may have closed, but United Way 211 remains the go-to source for 24/7 assistance with unmet flood recovery needs. Call 2-1-1 for assistance or reach 211 online at http://211helps.org


Missouri Recovery Photo of the Day
A public health nurse from the St. Louis County Health Department administers a tetanus vaccine. Following the flooding, the Department of Health and Senior Services coordinated the distribution of more than 2,200 doses of tetanus vaccine to flood-affected areas. 






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For more information, call 573-751-5432 or e-mail mike.o'connell@dps.mo.gov