More flood relief is available to flood victims in the St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS — President Biden had approved Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s disaster declaration to send relief to the city of St. Louis, County of St. Louis and County of St. Charles affected by the July 25-28 flooding. to provide individual assistance through FEMA.

Misty Williams and her family said they were badly hit by the record flood. She said she was turned away at one of the interagency resource centers because the lines were long and the centers were reaching full capacity. The interagency resource centers provide assistance to Missouri residents affected by the floods.

On Tuesday, Williams said she could enter a multi-agency resource center.

“I’m happy to be able to make it here and everyone else is ready to help again,” Williams said.

Missouri residents who qualify for FEMA can receive housing assistance, low-interest loans, and grants. Eligible residents may receive federal grants for temporary housing, home repairs, and replacement costs for damaged property, vehicles, and other eligible expenses.

April Martin, a victim of the St. Louis floods, said she’s glad people can start getting help.

“I lost my clothes and my shoes, everything, all my valuables in the basement,” Martin said.

The American Red Cross said more assistance programs would be available to residents with the approval of the federal disaster declaration.

“It’s really a big help,” said Joe Zydlo of the American Red Cross. “I think we’re just making sure we’re letting people know what they need to do to get that help. It is another level of help and much needed help.”

The Inter-Organizational Resource Center will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Friendly Temple Church in St. Louis City

For more information on how flood victims can apply for FEMA disaster relief, go online DisasterAssistance.govby calling 800-621-3362 or through the Mobile FEMA App.

For needs not covered by insurance or other sources, FEMA may be able to provide individual assistance grant funds that do not have to be repaid:

  • rental assistanceif you have to move because of flood damage
  • Personal propertydamaged or destroyed by floods
  • Accommodation reimbursementif you had to temporarily stay in a hotel
  • Basic home repairs for homeownerswhose primary residence was damaged by flooding
  • Other serious needscaused by the recent floods
  • Only one application per household 

FEMA does not pay for lost food.

When applying to FEMA, have the following information ready:

  • Telephone number where you can be reached
  • Address at the time of the flood
  • Address where you are now
  • Social security number of a member of the household
  • Basic list of damage and casualties
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit for FEMA money
  • Insurance information, if you are insured, including policy number More flood relief is available to flood victims in the St. Louis area

Sarah Y. Kim

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