ST. LOUIS(KMOV.com) -- Flood assessments are expected to begin Wednesday in response to historic flooding across Missouri.

Governor Parson announced last week that Missouri has requested assistance from FEMA for damage assessments across 56 counties in response to tornadoes, floods and storms. After the damage assessment, the Governor will put in a request for federal disaster assistance.

“Since March, nearly every corner of the state has been impacted by historic flooding, destructive tornadoes, and severe storms,” Governor Parson said in a statement. “We’ve closed more than 380 roads, halted barge loading on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, shut down several railroad lines, and hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes – all because Mother Nature has refused to let up this spring. These critical issues place significant strain on our communities, farms and businesses. We must take quick action to coordinate local, state, and federal resources to ensure Missourians have the tools to recover and rebuild as quickly as possible.”

In the News 4 area, teams will survey and document the damage in Monroe, Lincoln, St. Clair and St. Charles counties.

The assessments do not include every affected home or business. The Governor said anyone who has experienced flood or storm related damage should contact their local emergency manager.

Assessments will be conducted by FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management officials. SEMA will also use a helicopter to survey homes that cannot be assessed on the ground.

According to the governor’s office, more than 600 claims have been filed in Missouri for flooding losses in just three months.

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