MO governor says request for Federal Disaster Declaration will likely happen soon

MO governor says request for Federal Disaster Declaration will likely happen soon
Parson said damage assessments have been conducted or will soon be conducted in several counties. (Source: Rob Foote)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Based on damage assessments, Governor Mike Parson told groups of farmers and volunteer responders on Thursday, April 18 that he expects to request a federal disaster declaration next week.

Our preliminary damage assessment teams have more work to do tallying the damage, but it’s already clear that the flooding had devastating effects on homes, roads, bridges, and other essential infrastructure,” said Governor Parson. “There’s no doubt federal recovery assistance is warranted to help Missouri families and businesses rebuild and keep their communities moving forward.”

Parson said damage assessments have been conducted or will soon be conducted in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, and Scott counties.

Parson said continuing high water levels are preventing crews from assessing damage in Cape Girardeau and Pike counties. Assessments will take place there as soon as possible.

April 26, the Governor will join Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for a follow up meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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