01/15/2007 - Severe Winter Storms and Flooding

In January 2007, numerous severe winter storm systems impacted Missouri, producing snow, significant sleet, freezing rain, ice and some flooding across the entire state. Some areas received as much as two inches of ice. There were 15 deaths as a direct result of this storm, and utility companies reported more than 323,000 customers without power during the course of the storm.

There were 129 shelters and eight special needs shelters established across the state, which were utilized by more than 42,660 individuals. More than 7,000 homes were affected by the storm system, and 41 homes were destroyed.

On Jan. 13, Gov. Matt Blunt ordered activation of the State Emergency Plan. Gov. Blunt also ordered more than 400 Missouri National Guard members to assist with residents affected by the storm.

On Jan. 14, Gov. Blunt requested that President George Bush declare a major disaster in Missouri.

On Jan. 15, President Bush granted a disaster declaration, providing Public Assistance for Barry, Barton, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cedar, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Lincoln, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Montgomery, Newton, Osage, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St Charles, St Clair, St Louis, Stone, Texas, Warren, Webster and Wright counties and the independent City of St Louis.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides federal funds to reimburse 75 percent of the costs for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and repairing roads, bridges, utility and water control facilities, public buildings and parks.

More information on this disaster is available on FEMA's website.