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Federal, state officials begin assessing flood damage

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Damage assessment teams will fan out across 41 Missouri counties this week to examine the extent of the recent flooding.

The federal, state and local assessors will begin their work tomorrow. State Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Susie Stoner says the first areas to be inspected will be those where the water has receded.

"They're looking at homes, you know, if they've been destroyed, if they've received major damage, if they've received moderate damage. They're looking at businesses to see what kind of damages they have sustained, so that the disaster declaration can be expanded, to give our citizens and our businesses the assistance they need."

Stoner says homeowners and business owners who suffered damage from last week's floods should contact a local elected official or an emergency management director. That will start the process of securing financial help for cleanup costs.

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