JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — It has been two months since record rainfall hit the St. Louis region and caused devastating damage for homes, roadways and businesses.
Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday that more than $85 million in assistance has been approved to help St. Louis-area residents and businesses recover from historic flooding.
According to the governor's office, the following funds have been allocated to help those affected by the flooding:
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $35.6 million in individual assistance grants for renters and homeowners to use for home repairs, repair and replacement of personal property, rental assistance and other serious needs not covered by insurance.
- The National Flood Insurance Program has paid $27.9 million in claims for flood insurance policyholders.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved over $21.7 million in disaster loans for 663 homeowners, businesses and renters.
- The federal government also allocated $435,000 to the Missouri Department of Mental Health for a crisis counseling program to assist those emotionally impacted by flooding.
"We are glad this vitally important federal and state assistance is getting to residents and businesses, so they can recover, rebuild, and move forward," Parson said in a statement.
Parson urged St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County residents affected by flooding to apply for FEMA assistance before the Nov. 7 deadline passes. The deadline was previously scheduled for Oct. 7.