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FEMA, SEMA, and SBA Assessors Visit Homes and Businesses Damaged By Flooding

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Ten teams of assessors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, State Emergency Management Agency  and the Small Business Administration are traveling across Missouri looking at flood damage. Right now the focus is on gathering information for possible individual assistance or IA.

The disaster assistance team asked a resident near Kellogg lake how the flood impacted his home this morning after earlier talking with residents in Kendricktown.

Carthage Fire Chief Roger Williams took them on a tour of damage including Kendricktown.  He says, “They're out of their homes. They need to get some kind of closure, need to get something figured out. Get back in those homes or move out where they need to be."

Assessors want to know if walls, water heaters or furnaces were ruined and how high water got inside a home.

David Burgan with SEMA advises flood victims, "If you have damages take a lot of pictures, that’s always a good thing. In the event of an individual declaration, some federal funding will be available for specific programs that they may or may not  choose to participate in."

In Newton County the emergency management director tells assessors several businesses were hit, lots of agricultural property was damaged and that there are more than forty residents impacted by flooding.  Some are worse than others.

Emergency Management Director Charla Geller says, "Some cases are catastrophic damage.”

At one home the water line reached the top of a door from the house to the garage, more than six feet high.  FEMA assessors took photos of the garage missing its back wall after being washed away by flooding.

Burgan with SEMA says an individual assistance declaration doesn't depend on a set figure or number but an overall snapshot of the impact of the water.

And Burgan is hopeful for victims.  He says, “They have gone through a lot in this event. Hopefully this will come to fruition that some relief is available."

Geller adds, "I hope we reach the damage level that we can get individual assistance back to the residents of Newton County."

 But Chief Williams knows, "If it comes down to they can’t, then we're a strong community. There are strong people here. I’m sure we'll get it taken care of."

Public assistance assessments for damage to roads and bridges will be done later this week. Geller says she expects teams on Saturday in Newton County.

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