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FEMA wrapping up Missouri disaster recovery centers, aid application deadline approaches

St. Clair County flood survivors have until Dec. 16 to apply for federal assistance. Illinois disaster recovery centers will be closed Sundays and on Election Day.

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — Missouri residents who sustained flash flood damage in July have just one more week to apply for federal assistance.

Also next week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be closing the remaining two disaster recovery centers located in St. Louis.

The center at Centennial Commons in University City will close at 5 p.m. Monday, and the center at Ranken Technical College on Newstead near Page in St. Louis is scheduled to close Nov. 7, which is also the deadline for Missourians to apply for FEMA aid.

If you live in Illinois, two FEMA disaster centers opened last Friday in the Metro East. They're located at:

  • Clyde Jordan Senior Citizen Center, 6755 State St., East St. Louis, IL 62203.
  • Caseyville Village Hall, 909 South Main St., Caseyville, IL 62232.

The FEMA centers are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, they're open from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

No appointment is necessary for the disaster recovery centers. Walk-ins are welcome. There, FEMA agents can help residents apply for federal aid. 

You can also start the application process online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

For needs not covered by insurance or other sources, FEMA may be able to provide individual assistance grant money that does not have to be repaid for rental assistance, damage to personal property, lodging reimbursement and basic home repair.

Free legal assistance is also available for St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County residents who need help with flood-related issues. That includes home repair contracts and insurance claims, landlord issues and replacing legal documents. 

St. Louis-area residents may call 800-829-4128 to leave a message about such issues. Volunteer Missouri lawyers will return calls as soon as possible.

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