Missouri Governor Eric Greitens officially requested presidential approval for a major disaster declaration for Missouri on May 24, with Howell County being one of the 51 counties submitted for individual and public assistance. If approved by President Donald Trump, eligible residents in Howell County can seek federal assistance in the form of temporary housing, housing repairs, replacement of damaged belongings, vehicles, and other qualifying expenses due to the flood. The public assistance recommendation would allow local governments and qualifying non-profit agencies to seek federal funds for reimbursement of emergency response and recovery costs, including repair and replacement costs of damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.
The governor’s office did not issue an estimated time-frame on when action will be taken on that request from the White House.
The governor’s office said people wanting more information about Missouri’s response to the flooding and recovery resources can visit https://recovery.mo.gov/. The site is updated as new information becomes available.
City of West Plains residents: Please submit all flooding damage reports by calling City Hall at 256-7176.
If you are in need of assistance of any kind, please call the First Baptist Church at 256-3128