St. Louis County leaders are urging residents to report property damage from this week’s flash flooding.

Record rainfall caused flooding across the region, particularly in northern St. Louis County.

On Friday, St. Louis County Council Speaker Rita Heard Days, County Executive Sam Page and other officials urged residents and business owners to call 211, the United Way hotline, to report the damage. They were joined by mayors and emergency management officials.

Area officials say the damage reports will help the Federal Emergency Management Agency determine what resources area residents need to recover.

“We have a lot of businesses, probably over 50 businesses, over 100 homes that have been destroyed by this flood that has happened,” Florissant Mayor Tim Lowery said at the Florissant Meadows shopping center, where businesses have suffered major flooding. “Probably one of the worst disasters we have seen here in the town of Florissant in decades.”

Lowery said National Emergency Management Agency personnel were in the area assessing the damage. County Department of Public Works inspectors also do this.

“A lot of people put all the resources, everything they had, into these ventures,” Lowery said. “But a lot of them don’t have insurance, they need a lot of help. I contacted many of our residents, they are in the same situation, they don’t even have the means to start rebuilding.

SEMA will file a damage report that could lead to a federal disaster declaration, Page said. This could lead to small business loans and help for people who need home repairs.

Hazelwood Mayor Matt Robinson said many businesses and homes were damaged and suffered power outages.

Ferguson Mayor Ella Jones said her city’s fire department lost one of its vehicles and several businesses in the city are permanently closed until cleanup operations begin. Jones said the city would be looking for volunteers to help with cleanup efforts.

County leaders say reporting the issues and taking photos will help state and federal agencies assess the extent of the damage.

The flooding was particularly disruptive for Northwoods, where up to 85% of residents are seniors, Mayor Sharon Pace said.

“It would be very helpful to get that data and record it so that FEMA can help us, hopefully in a faster and fairer way,” Pace said.

City response

In St. Louis, Mayor Tishaura Jones and other city officials joined U.S. Representative Cori Bush on Friday to explain how rain inundated parts of northern St. Louis neighborhoods. The city has mobile command centers in the Kingsway West and Ellendale neighborhoods. City workers distribute water, food, personal protective equipment and other emergency supplies daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city’s health department distributed care kits to help people clean their homes.

“We know there is a need for non-perishable food items, clothing, cleaning supplies and behavioral health counseling,” said St. Louis Chief Health Officer Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis. “The trauma during these times is real. You have to recognize it, you have to give it space, we will give you the help you need.

Davis said federally qualified health centers will provide free health care to those in need.

Chad Davis


St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Representative Cori Bush, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and other officials are urging residents to report storm damage to 211. This will help the Federal Emergency Management Agency determine emergency needs. the region.

Jones, Page and Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe declared a state of emergency for the St. Louis area. This could lead to a federal disaster declaration, which could lead to federal assistance.

“At this time, our focus is to provide relief and support to our residents,” Jones said. “We are evaluating the data and we will look at solutions to protect our city in the future.”

St. Louis Emergency Management Agency Commissioner Sarah Russell said a preliminary damage assessment in St. Louis was completed ahead of Thursday’s storm. Russell said the damage is expected to reach the threshold of a federal emergency. City officials have submitted additional requests to SEMA since Thursday’s downpour.

Bush said his office is in contact with the White House, which is awaiting the state’s damage assessment.

“President Biden is prepared to declare a disaster emergency for St. Louis as soon as they receive this,” Bush said. “So we are working diligently with local and state partners, local and state elected officials to be able to achieve this. “

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