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Flood Recovery Resources

Flood Recovery Resources

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River Management

On April 6, 2019, Rep. Graves introduced H.R. 2174 to reform the Corps' management of the Missouri River. This bill will:

  • Remove fish and wildlife as an authorized purpose of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System
  • Make flood control the highest priority of authorized purposes of the system


Rep. Sam Graves Speaks with emergency flood workers

Investigations Funding

Introduced an amendment to secure funding for Army Corps investigations to study flood control and mitigation

Planning Ahead

On June 27, 2019, Congressman Graves introduced the “Resilient Communities Act of 2019” (H.R. 3531), which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Missouri and other states resources to set up a fund for mitigation projects that reduce disaster risks. The bill gives local communities greater flexibility for the types of projects that are eligible for disaster funding, compared to FEMA’s existing programs. This bill will:

  • Expand the types of projects eligible – for example, repair and reconstruction of non-federal levees – which will support and enhance FEMA’s existing mitigation programs.
  • Expand assistance to projects related to non-profits and businesses, if they reduce flood risk.
Time and again, we continue to see fish and birds take precedence over people and property when it comes to managing the Missouri river. ~Rep. Sam Graves

u.s. Department of Agriculture

Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)

  • Helps communities relieve imminent threats to life and property caused by disasters that impair a watershed.
    • All projects must begin with a local sponsor.
    • Interested public and private landowners can apply for assistance through a sponsor.
    • NRCS will pay between 75% to 90% of the restoration costs and the sponsor covers the rest.
    • Potential sponsors should visit a Missouri-based NRCS.
  • Eligible Sponsors:
    • Cities, counties, towns, conservation districts, or federally recognized tribe.
Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief act, 2019 H.R. 2157

Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO)

  • Provides technical and financial assistance to plan and install watershed projects
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Must have public sponsorship.
    • Watershed project up to 250,000 acres.
    • Benefits that are directly related to agriculture, including rural communities, must be at least 20 percent of the total benefits for the project.

Livestock Indemnity Program

  • Offers benefits to eligible livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)

  • ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses.

Emergency Loan Program

  • These loans help producers who suffer qualifying farm related losses directly caused by the disaster in a county declared or designated as a primary disaster.

Emergency Conservation Program

  • Assistance for farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

  • Provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.

Hay Net

  • An Internet-based service allowing farmers and ranchers to share 'Need Hay' ads and 'Have Hay' ads online.

Tree Assistance Program

  • Provide financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible damaged trees, bushes and vines.
agriculture is the backbone of north Missouri's economy.  We must do all we can to protect our farmland from devastating floods. ~Rep. Sam Graves

You can find an office in each Missouri county at

Federal emergency Management Agancy (FEMA)

Individual and Households Program

  • Provides financial assistance and services to those who are unable to pay necessary expenses or meet serious needs through insurance or other means
    • Eligible Applicants:
      • Must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien
      • FEMA must be able to verify the applicant's identity
      • The applicant's insurance cannot meet their disaster-caused needs
      • The applicant's necessary expenses and serious needs are a direct result of a federally declared disaster

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program

  • Provides assistance to communities with the implementation of a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program
    • Purpose of the program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structure from future hazard events
    • Eligible Applicants:
      • States, U.S. Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local governments
      • Local governments are eligible Subapplicants and can sponsor applications on behalf of homeowners to submit to the Applicant

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

  • Provides funds to communities after a disaster declaration to protect public or private property through a variety of mitigation measures
  • Recipients of HMGP are primarily responsible for prioritizing, selecting, and administering the state and local hazard mitigation projects
  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Individuals, businesses, and private nonprofits via local governments

Disaster Legal Services

  • Confidential legal assistance to low income individuals who are unable to secure legal services to adequately meet their disaster-related needs. Services include:
    • Help with insurance claims for doctor and hospital bills, loss of property, etc.
    • Help with repair contracts and contractors
    • Drawing up new legal papers lost in a disaster
    • Advice on problems with landlords
    • Eligible Applicants:
      • Must be a survivor of a Presidentially declared disaster that includes individual assistance

Disaster Case Management

  • Involves a partnership between a case manager and a disaster survivor to develop and carry out a Disaster Recovery Plan including:
    • Assessment of survivor's disaster-caused unmet needs
    • Development of a goal-oriented plan
    • Organization and coordination of information on resources
    • Eligible Applicants:
      • Must be a survivor of a federally declared disaster that includes individual assistance

Crisis Counseling Program

  • Assists disaster survivors through the provision of community-based outreach and mental health services:
    • Individual and Group Crisis Counseling
    • Educational resources and information on services available for survivors
    • Assessments of adult and children for mental health referral services
    • Eligible Applicants:
      • Must be a survivor of a federally declared disaster that includes individual assistance

Visit for additional details about program and grant requirements.

The first step for individuals or businesses to receive federal disaster assistance is to contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.

FEMA Region VII Regional Office:
9221 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114

U.S. Deparment of Housing and Urban Development

Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

  • Helps state and local governments meet their community needs following a natural disaster. This includes:
    • Rebuilding homes and infrastructure
    • Repairs to roads and bridges, water & wastewater facilities, and other public infrastructure
    • Activities that address job losses and struggling businesses, such as job training, loans to businesses, and improvements to commercial districts
    • Eligibility Requirements:
      • Appropriations language determines applicant eligibility. Typically, recipients have included survivors of a federally declared disaster


Visit for more information.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Rehabilitation and Inspection Program (RIP)

  • Provides disaster preparedness, response services, and advanced planning measures designed to reduce the amount of damage caused by an impending disaster.
  • This includes:
    • Public sponsors of flood control projects that sustained damages in Spring 2019 flooding are eligible to apply for Rehabilitation Assistance
    • Non-federal projects must have been accepted into the Corps' RIP program prior to the onset of the flood and still be in Active status at the time of the flood
      • Assistance for non-federal projects is cost-shared between the public sponsor (20%) and the Corps (80%)
    • Federal projects must be in Active status by having passed its last inspection
Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019 H.R. 2157

For more information, visit the following websites:

Kansas City District

Omaha District

Rock Island District

St. Louis District

U.S. Small Business Administration:
Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses, homeowners, and renters. The loans can be used to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets. Eligible applicants must be survivors of a federally declared disaster.

1. Home and Personal Property Loans

  • Homeowners may apply for up to $200,000
  • Renters and homeowners may borrow for personal property

2. Business Loans

  • SBA makes loans of up to $2 million to businesses and nonprofit organizations

3. Economic Injury Loans

  • When small businesses are unable to meet their obligations and pay operating expenses, SBA can provide up to $2 million in loans of working capital to help them survive

Local Office:
SBA Disaster Field Operation Center
Region VII
1000 Walnut Suite 530
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-426-4840
Fax: 816-426-4848

The majority of SBA disater loans, approximately 80%, are made availible to individual and businesses

U.S. Deparment of Labor

Unemployment Insurance (UI)

  • Unemployment benefits are provided for eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and are actively looking for a new job.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

  • DUA provides assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who do not qualify for regular unemployment assistance

National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs)

  • DWG creates temporary jobs for eligible individuals to assist with the clean-up, recovery, and humanitarian efforts in areas impacted by disasters

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • OSHA makes assistance available to help protect those participating in recovery efforts
Additional Questions

Call the Department's Wage and Hour Division at 1-866-487-9243 for questions about being paid correctly following a disaster.

Health and retirement benefits from your employer's plan?
Call the Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration at 866-444-3272.

Recording Hours Worked?
Download the Department of Labor's "Timesheet" app to record the number of hours you have worked and how much you may be owed.

Internal Revenue Service

The IRS has the authority to provide certain tax relief provisions to individuals and businesses affected by federally declared disasters.

  1. Individuals located in affected areas are allowed extra time to replace homes due to floods and still defer any gain.
  2. Taxpayers may be able to deduct personal casualty losses attributable to federally declared disasters, subject to certain limitations.
  3. Qualifying disaster relief payments received by affected individuals are not subject to tax.
  4. The Internal Revenue Service has the authority to provide some relief, including extension of tax filing deadlines.

Visit for additional information.

State Resources

Missouri Emergency Management Agency
2302 Militia Drive
P.O. Box 116
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Phone: (573) 526-9100
Fax: (573) 634-7966

Missouri State Highway Patrol
General Headquarters
1510 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 751-3313
Fax: (573) 751-9419

Water Patrol Division
1510 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 751-5071
Fax: (573) 522-1287

State Department of Education
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101-0480
Phone: (573) 751-4212
Fax: (573) 751-8613

Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-2361
Fax: (573) 751-6635

Missouri Department of Public Safety
Office of Homeland Security
1101 Riverside Drive
Lewis and Clark Building, 4th Floor West
P.O. Box 749
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-522-1113
Fax: (573)-751-5399

Missouri Department of Insurance
301 W. High St. Room 530
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573)-751-4126

American Red Cross Missouri
10195 Corporate Square
Creve Coeur, MO, 63132
Phone: (314) 516-2800