Newton County will apply for federal aid this week to clean up recent flood damage that includes washed out roads, clogged bridges and debris-filled streams. Meanwhile, federal agents could begin assessing damage to private property as early as today, according to one county official.
Newton County will apply for federal aid this week to clean up recent flood damage that includes washed out roads, clogged bridges and debris-filled streams.
Meanwhile, federal agents could begin assessing damage to private property as early as today, according to one county official.
Some of the worst flooding last week seemed to occur in the eastern portion of the county, Newton County Emergency Management Director Gary Roark said.
Roads that were washed out in that half include Wallaby, Walleye and Kapock.
Also underwater during the record flood were major parts of Old Highway 71, Scenic Drive and Lime Kiln.
“They’re all about the same roads we had to do during that last flood six or eight weeks ago,” Roark said.
Lime Kiln, however, may not need repairs as the asphalt wasn’t washed away, Roark said. Scenic isn’t in too bad a shape either, and Old 71 doesn’t appear to have sustained a lot of damage, he added.
All of the major bridges in the county have debris washed against them, and most of the culverts are clogged as well.
“We didn’t lose any bridges in the county, though,” Roark said. “There was some damage to them, and I’m sure this will be like the last flood where there is a lot of damage at both ends of the bridge, the approaches, from debris and water rushing through. But the bridges themselves all seemed to hold up pretty well.”
Since Newton County is included in the Missouri counties declared as natural disaster areas, it is due some federal assistance for clean-up.
Presiding Commissioner Jerry Carter said the county will submit its assistance application this week to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Coincidently, the county had already applied for and received another federal grant to clean up debris in Hickory Creek and Clear Creek. Bidding for that project will open this Thursday.
Meanwhile, FEMA will conduct assessments on damage to public property, namely roads and bridges, caused by the most recent flooding.
Roark said the American Red Cross is compiling private property damage reports, and FEMA will later do its own assessment. He said state and federal representatives should arrive today.
Roark will take FEMA officials to the areas hard hit by flooding, mostly along what he called the “Shoal Creek corridor,” in the northern and eastern part of the county.
“We’ll just go knocking from door to door,” Roark said. “If there’s nobody home we’ll try to just get an assessment if whether water was actually in the house or not, and if so, how much damage they might have had. That type of thing.”
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