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FEMA Accesses Flood Damage in McDonald County

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MCDONALD COUNTY, MISSOURI -

"Water was way over our heads here,” says Big Elk Camp owner Pat Tinsley.

FEMA is going door to door to access the flood damage in McDonald County.

"Specifically looking at how high the water was in their home, whether they had their furnaces or hot water heaters destroyed,” says FEMA’s Leo Skinner.

They’re visiting several campgrounds along the water like “Big Elk Camp.”

Tinsley says "This was the biggest since we've owned this place since 1989. We had one in March 2011 a flood that was on that white tag right there and this flood was about 18 inches higher than that."

Cleaning up all of this once beautiful shoreline will take a lot of work and a lot money. The owner hopes he'll be able to get some federal assistance to help lift some of that burden.

Skinner says "Anything that is beyond the scope of the state or Missouri that they can handle the governor has the opportunity to make a request through the federal government for federal assistance."

Tinsley says "The grants and that type of thing the handouts; I don't think are available to us which is fine. But the exciting part of what might happen is low interest assistance."

If the Governor requests a federal disaster declaration, and the President signs off on it big elk camp could be eligible for a Small Business Administration loan. Renters and homeowners could also receive federal resources.

Skinner says "We're trying to get those done as quickly as possible. But however, we want to make sure that we capture all the information so we don't leave anyone out as far as the assessment so it'll take as long as it takes."

McDonald County Emergency Manager Gregg Sweeten says about 70%t of residents in the county don't have flood insurance. Those who do cannot receive duplicate benefits from the federal government and must go through that process first. Noel has the biggest area of loss. Sweeten estimates about $1.2 million of damage in the county.     

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