FEMA coming to Jefferson County for flood recovery - KMOV.com

FEMA coming to Jefferson County for flood recovery

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

This week's federal disaster declaration for Jefferson County and other regions in Missouri affected by recent severe weather means the federal government will provide financial support to help repair damaged infrastructure.

FEMA is expected to set up a district office in Jefferson County to oversee the recovery efforts.

"We're working with them to figure out where they're going to be located so they can coordinate all of the projects that are occurring in Jefferson County, as well as the surrounding counties that had declarations as well," said Warren Robinson, Jefferson County Emergency Manager.

Victims of the flash flood that hit the Festus area on July 1 are still struggling to get back on their feet, while they wait to hear if the federal government will approve a request for direct FEMA assistance to individuals.

"It's overwhelming. You've seen it on television before but until you can go through it, you just don't know." Karen Heidenreich, who was evacuated by boat from her flooded home at the Lakeside Manor Mobile Home Park told News 4.

A variety of donations have come in to help flood victims. To better connect the victims with non-profit agencies, the county has formed The Jefferson County Community Organization Active in Disasters (COAD)

The director of the organization is Pastor Karen Tutak of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Festus. She said the Jefferson County COAD is developing an easy way for individuals to donate food to help flood victims.

"We are working with a fiscal agent, a non-profit to set up, hopefully, we'll have it soon where you can go online and you can donate," said Tutak.

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