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Missouri requests FEMA’s help with flood, tornado damage assessments across the state

Levee gives way in Levasy as Missouri River floods

Farmers and townspeople of Levasy are once again fighting the mighty Missouri River after levee gave way on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
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Farmers and townspeople of Levasy are once again fighting the mighty Missouri River after levee gave way on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Missouri is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to join state and local officials in assessing damage this month as a result of tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that have devastated communities, farms and businesses across the state.

According to a news release from Gov. Mike Parson’s office, the preliminary damage assessments are set to begin June 12 for 56 counties, and are expected to be conducted jointly by FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management officials.

The teams will be surveying damage that started with severe storms on April 29 and continued for weeks in different parts of the state.

Officials are doing the assessments in preparation of a second federal disaster declaration Gov. Parson plans to request.

Last month, President Donald Trump approved the governor’s request for a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofits in 13 counties recover from flooding and storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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