Millions in hands of flood survivors 18 days after federal aid approved

Millions in hands of flood survivors 18 days after federal aid approved
(Source: Polly Holten/cNews)
(Source: Polly Holten/cNews)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Just three days after President Obama's Jan. 21 disaster declaration for 33 counties in Missouri, disaster survivors began receiving grants from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program.

In the days since storms brought flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds to Missouri, survivors, equipped with nearly $29.2 million in federal assistance, low-interest loans and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims, are cleaning up, rebuilding and planning for the future.

12 days after the disaster declaration, FEMA's IHP program put more than $8.1 million in the hands of survivors for disaster-related housing needs, repairs to their primary residences and other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation and medical.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance, a partner in the recovery effort, has approved 16 disaster loans for $848,600 in the disaster-designated counties in Missouri.

The FEMA-administered NFIP has paid 563 claims, totaling more than $20.2 million with an average claim of $37,470.

Counties eligible for federal assistance from the flooding and severe storms between Dec. 23, 2015, and Jan. 9, are Barry, Barton, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Cole, Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Lawrence, Lincoln, Maries, McDonald, Morgan, Newton, Osage, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Scott, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright.

More than 100 FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists have canvassed the hardest hit Missouri neighborhoods, helping survivors connect with recovery services.

Nearly 550 survivors have talked to local, state, nonprofit, nongovernmental and FEMA specialists at the four Disaster Recovery Centers in designated counties. To ensure that Missourians receive information about assistance, FEMA provides information in Spanish and many other languages.

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