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Gasconade among counties to be surveyed by flood damage assessment teams for potential assistance

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Frene Creek well out of its banks at the intersection of Market and 6th streets.

Gasconade County is one of abut 40 counties statewide hit by flooding last week that will be surveyed by Preliminary Damage Assessment teams during the next 10 days as part of the process of determining potential recovery assistance from the state and federal governments.

The two sets of teams — Individual Assistance Teams and Public AssistanceTeams — will be surveying property owners and assessing damage to homes and other private properties and assessing disaster damage to public infrastructure such as roads, bridges and schools and some non-profit entities.

Along with Gasconade County, the other counties to be surveyed include the 7 other counties within the Meramec Regional Planning Commission coverage area — Osage, Maries, Crawford, Phelps, Pulaski, Dent and Washington.

Local government officials began urging area residents who sustained flood damage last week to document the damage as much as possible, including taking photos that show the effects of flooding. In Hermann that information should be directed to Police Chief Marlon Walker, who is working in conjunction with the Gasconade County Emergency Management Agency.

The information that has been collected so far will be used in large part by the 10 damage assessment teams.

The work by the 10 teams is expected to take between 7-10 days, according to Mike O’Connell, communications director for the Missouri Department of Public Safety.