Northwest Missouri Counties Sort Out Flood Aid

More than 60 counties have been approved to receieve aid

By Emily Wearing | ewearing@kq2.com

Published 08/28 2015 05:06PM

Updated 08/28 2015 05:06PM

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After months of heavy rain during the summer, relief is in sight for those hit the hardest throughout the state.

"Counties in Missouri have been identified by FEMA based upon the flooding that we've had in the past few months and so we are at the briefing to learn about how to submit and to actually fill out an application to be refunded for the work we have done," said Buchanan County Emergency Services Manager Bill Brinton.

Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency met with different agencies throughout the area at the Civic Arena in St. Joseph.

They discussed the process for filing a claim for property damage from flooding.

Earlier this month, a federal disaster declaration was approved for 68 counties, including Buchanan.

"Many of our roads in Buchanan County were flooded five or six different times and so it takes so it takes county resources to rebuild the roads because we gravel it and it's a way to recover some of the cost for those efforts," said Brinton.

County crews are still working on estimating their amount of damages.

The City of St. Joseph is looking at around $2 million worth of work.

"We've had several cross road tubes and some problems with some sewers and the levy that happened that were damaged during the flooding and stuff like that," said City of St. Joseph Superintendent of Streets and Sewers Gary Leftin.

The disaster declaration briefing is just one of the many meetings throughout the state focused on rebuilding. 

Those who attended say this gives them a better idea of how FEMA is planning on distributing the money.

"Once we're into the system then we'll get down to the nuts and bolts and find out for sure, you know, we fill this form out, we fill out what is eligible and what's not going to be eligible," said Leftin.

As the different agencies work to fill out their applications, they are grateful for the support as they work to rebuild.

"Anything that they can do to help us out because money is not plentiful," said Leftin. "It's just you've got to make the biggest bang for the buck and this way we know where we need to go."

Those who attended the briefing will have a kick off meeting next to prepare for the damage evaluation process.

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