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USDA Participates in Meetings Intended to Assist Missouri Flood Victims

USDA staff in Missouri joined Governor Jay Nixon on May 10 and May 11, 2011, at five Flood Recovery Resource Meetings to an estimated 600 people in Southeast Missouri.  The meetings were held in the cities of Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, Charleston, New Madrid and Caruthersville which are located in the counties devastated by the recent flooding along the Black, Current, Mississippi and St. Francis Rivers, the cresting of Lakes Clearwater and Wappapello and the removal of the Birds Point Mississippi River Levee Plug.

The meetings were sponsored by Governor Nixon in an effort to respond to the needs of individuals, families and businesses affected by the flooding.  The National Guard and the Highway Patrol started each meeting began with an update on the flooding situation. Representatives of state and federal agencies were introduced and attendees encouraged visiting informational booths concerning specific issues and learning of resources available.

Attendees receiving Flood Recovery assistance in Poplar Bluff, MO.

Attendees receiving Flood Recovery assistance in Poplar Bluff, MO.

USDA Rural Development (RD) staff members participated in all five meetings by distributing information and responding to questions concerning home repair, home purchase, temporary housing and public infrastructure repair.  The majority of the visitors were homeowners experiencing flood water inundation in their homes.  Some of these homeowners described and provided photographic evidence of water depths to the house’s roof.  Others had homes completely submerged in flood water.

Resource representatives from the federal sector included: the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Risk Management Agency (RMA), and Small Business Administration (SBA).  Missouri State agencies included: Department of Natural Resources, Department of Economic Development, Department of Insurance, Department of Labor, Department of Public Safety, Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services, Division of Employment Security, State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri Housing Development Commission.  Also, each meeting was attended by the county’s health department.

These meetings were the initial step in offering assistance to those impacted by the flood events.  USDA will be partnering with other agencies to continue to offer assistance to individuals, families, businesses and communities of Southeast Missouri to recover from the devastation of this record flooding.

Colonel Ron Replogle with Missouri Highway Patrol, Colonel Glenn Hagler with Missouri National Guard and Governor Jay Nixon at the Poplar Bluff, MO. meeting

Colonel Ron Replogle with Missouri Highway Patrol, Colonel Glenn Hagler with Missouri National Guard and Governor Jay Nixon at the Poplar Bluff, MO. meeting

One Response to “USDA Participates in Meetings Intended to Assist Missouri Flood Victims”

  1. jec says:

    And how will the government assist? With a loan? Has the Birds Point Levee break by the US Corp of Engineers be declared a Natural Disaster by USDA? Has the declaration already been made? A lot of press about what the government wants to say, have the affected people been able to have their voices heard in the same way? A comment by a COA officer, about having to move 14 times–he had someone to move him, US Gov. And his family had a home to go to. So was not very helpful for the audiencen. Yes, hes moved, some one packed up all their houshold goods, moved them at no charge, stored the items, and then unpacked and placed all items in the new home. HUM..not the same is it? Natural Disaster declaraction by USDA is critical if it has not been done already, and then loans. HUM..for Birds Point farms..if your business is destroyed, home is damaged due to surge of artifical release of water, morgages exist on under water property, savings gone(you used them to plant this spring)…and then evidence of solvency or collateral is needed for the USDA loan –how does that work? My experience as a Farm Bureau president in a flood situation, it was not pretty. Yes..got the designation, but most farmers could not meet the loan requirements..as the properties were so damaged. Sure hope this has changed in the last 30 years….

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