FEMA in St. Charles, Lincoln Counties this week

Officials going door to door to help determine individual needs

Alex Degman
July 14, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Flooding in Portage des Sioux

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ST. CHARLES (KMOX) -- FEMA crews are out this week in St. Charles, Lincoln and Pike counties talking to residents affected by flooding.
 
Disaster survivor assistance teams are going door to door looking for people who've experienced flood damage.

"We want to speak with people face to face to learn about what the disaster has done to them and their families, and what their needs are," says John Mills, a spokesman with FEMA based in Missouri. 

"Do you have damage in your home that's making it dangerous to live in your home? Do you have serious repairs you need to make? I would also encourage this: if you know someone who  has serious damage related to the recent serious flooding, please help spread the word," Mills says.

The teams will help people get started on the process -- although Mills says hundreds have already filed for assistance since the federal declaration was issued last week. In that case, a damage inspector will come out to survey.
 
Those with significant damage could be eligible for FEMA grant money -- if FEMA cannot help or can't help enough, it works with volunteer and faith based charitable organizations for referrals.
 
There will be others out too -- contractors, maybe scammers, so Mills warns people to ask for official FEMA ID -- any legitimate FEMA contractor, he says, will be happy to verify with anyone including law enforcement.

St. Charles, Lincoln and Pike counties are among 18 in Missouri where FEMA is surveying -- they'll also be in areas around Kansas City, St. Joseph, Springfield and Jefferson City.

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