May 23, 2017

SEMA Flood Recovery Update Brief – Tuesday, May 23

Going on today:

  • The Department of Social Services (DSS) assisted 1,080 households impacted by flooding at the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) held in flood-impacted areas from May 8 to 18. Assistance included food stamp replacements and applications and explaining Medicaid eligibility and benefits.  
  • Through May 19, the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory (MSPHL) has tested 504 private drinking water samples. 
    • If the drinking water well is potentially contaminated, the owner is advised to boil water before using it or to use an alternate source, such as bottled water, until the well can be tested. If test results indicate the water is contaminated, a local environmental public health specialist provides information on proper system disinfection. More information is available here. 
  • The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Land Survey Program will replace about 1,450 flood-damaged land surveys, some dating back to the 1880s, which were stored in the flooded Carter County Courthouse.
    • The Land Survey Program preserves documents on microfilm in two state archives. Electronic copies of land surveys are available here.

Missouri Recovery Photo of the Day
A section of I-44 at Hazelgreen damaged by flooding (left) and the same section after it was repaired (right). MoDOT and Federal Highway Administration engineers are assessing 332 flood-damaged locations across the state.


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