Disaster Update – 8/16/19
On August 12, three more counties were requested for the Public Assistance Program: Cape Girardeau, Pike, and Scott. The request was delayed due to ongoing flooding that prevented access of the areas in order to conduct preliminary damage assessments with FEMA, SEMA and local officials. On August 16, Cape Girardeau, Pike, and Scott counties were approved for public assistance.

Disaster Update – 5/20/19
On August 20, President Donald Trump approved Governor Mike Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in 13 Missouri counties recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16. The counties included in the President’s Public Assistance disaster declaration were: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, and Ste. Genevieve.

Disaster Update – 4/24/19
On April 24, Governor Parson requested President Trump approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri to provide federal assistance to 13 counties. Public assistance was requested in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, and Ste. Genevieve counties. Individual assistance was requested in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, and Platte counties. 

Disaster Update – 4/18/19
On April 18, Governor Parson met with leaders of faith-based and volunteer organizations that responded to the Missouri River flooding that began March 11. He told a joint meeting of the Missouri Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership (The Partnership) and Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster that their work makes a tremendous difference for people in need. The meeting took place at Crown Pointe Assembly of God Church in Lee’s Summit.

Disaster Update – 4/05/19
On April 5, Governor Parson requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments with SEMA and local officials in response to devastating Missouri River flooding that began in March. 

Disaster Update – 4/03/19
On April 3, Governor Parson, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for an updated assessment of flood damage and look ahead on the Missouri River outflow. However, the primary purpose was to identify regional solutions for recovery and levee repairs. View the press conference here.

Disaster Update – 3/21/19
On March 29, the Governor signed Executive Order 19-06, giving the Department of Natural Resources discretionary authority to temporarily waive or suspend rules or regulations in support of flooding response and recovery. 

Disaster Update – 3/21/19
On March 21, Governor Parson signed Executive Order 19-05, declaring a state of emergency in Missouri. This was in response to conditions worsening along the Missouri and Mississippi River systems as a result of release from upstream reservoirs, snow melt and excessive rainfall. The night before, the Missouri State Highway Patrol rescued several people from homes and three people from a stranded boat in and around Craig, Mo., where a temporary levee failed. Governor Parson also visited Rock Port and Rosecrans Air National Guard Base to talk to local officials involved in the immediate emergency response, and surveyed the Missouri River flood impacts in Northwest Missouri by helicopter. 

Beginning on March 11, a series of severe storms brought heavy rainfall through the state, rising river levels into major flood stage. Governor Parson met with his emergency management team on March 15 as the flooding began to impact more of the state and urged Missourians to take protective actions. Northwest Missouri was significantly affected with the closure major roadways, including I-29. SEMA assisted with coordination of sandbagging efforts in St. Joseph with the expectation of river levels remaining a hazard well into the spring because of a combination of additional snow melt from the north and the already saturated ground.