St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Tue June 3, 2003

State Economic Development Team to Visit De Soto

De Soto, Mo. – Nearly a month after storms tore through De Soto, Missouri, state economic development officials will visit the town to help businesses reopen.

A disaster recovery team from the Department of Economic Development will survey business owners Wednesday to find out what help they still may need.

DED's Sallie Hemenway says the Small Business Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency provided initial assistance.

"One of the things we're surveying for is to determine whether or not SBA
fully met their needs, whether private insurance fully met their needs, and if they have any financial need left," she said.

Hemenway says last month's storm affected about 100 businesses in and around De Soto, about 50 miles south of St. Louis.