After torrential rain caused flash flooding throughout the area in late July, many residents and business owners have continued to grapple with recovering from flooded homes and facilities. Following disaster declarations by County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Missouri Governor Mike Parson, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stepped in to provide federal assistance for those recouping losses from the flooding throughout the region.
When a disaster of this level takes place, it involves several County departments to help the public with recovery efforts. In this incident:
- St. Charles County Police assisted with 87 citizen evacuations and 48 rescues, in addition to providing mutual aid to St. Louis County counterparts.
- The Emergency Communications Department answered 277 calls to 911 and dispatched a total of 386 incidents from midnight to 11 a.m. alone July 26.
- St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management (REM) coordinated efforts between agencies before, during and after flooding. REM is directing FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams to neighborhoods in affected areas. As of Aug. 26, DSA teams have visited 4,208 homes; made contact with 1,853 residents; and completed 103 registrations for FEMA assistance.
- The Community Development Department conducted more than 2,300 surveys of flood-damaged homes and businesses.
- The Communications Department posted information on the website and 17 posts on social media July 26-28 to inform residents about dangers and next steps for those with property damage and answered 26 calls from media regarding flooding updates and requests for interviews.
For more information about disaster assistance for this incident, visit sccmo.org/REM.