Disaster Update - 8/5/13

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended disaster assistance to Scotland County, allowing local government and nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses related to severe weather, flooding and tornadoes.

Disaster Update – 8/2/13

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it will make low-interest disaster loans available to residents and business owners in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, and the contiguous counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln and Warren, as well as St. Louis City.


In May and June 2013, Missouri was impacted by a widespread storm system that brought heavy rain, straight-line winds, hail, flooding and tornadoes. The severe weather system and flooding caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and farmland in the affected communities.

On May 31, Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency, activating the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobilize its resources to assist local authorities.

On July 3, Gov. Nixon requested a major disaster declaration by President Barack Obama, requesting individual and public assistance for the affected areas.

On July 17, a major disaster declaration was granted by President Obama for public assistance in 27 Missouri counties. The following counties were included in the federal disaster declaration: Barton, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Chariton, Clark, Howard, Iron, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Maries, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Sullivan, Texas and Webster.

The major disaster declaration provided public assistance to allow local governments to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the storms.

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

  • 05/31/13 - Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency in response to severe and dangerous weather
  • 06/01/13 - Gov. Nixon assesses damage from storms, flooding and tornadoes in eastern Missouri
  • 06/04/13 - Farmers in 12 Missouri counties impacted by severe weather in April and May eligible for low-interest loans and other federal assistance
  • 07/03/13 - Gov. Nixon requests major disaster declaration to assist Missouri communities impacted by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding
  • 07/19/13 - Missouri receives major disaster declaration in response to Gov. Nixon's request
  • 08/02/13 - SBA grants Gov. Nixon’s request for disaster assistance for St. Louis, St. Charles counties
  • 08/05/13 - Federal disaster assistance extended to Scotland County