Disaster Number 1728
09/21/2007 - Severe Storms and Flooding
In August 2007, a series of thunderstorms swept across southwestern Missouri producing heavy rains, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, lightening and hail. The storm produced as much as eight to 11 inches of rain within a very short time span, causing significant damages to roads, bridges and public infrastructures.
On Aug. 24, Gov. Matt Blunt ordered activation of the State Emergency Operations Plan in response to the storm.
On Sept. 12, Gov. Blunt requested that President George Bush declare a major disaster declaration in Missouri, providing Public Assistance to the affected area.
On Sept. 21, President Bush approved the request for a major disaster declaration in Missouri, providing Public Assistance to Dade, Dallas, Greene, Laclede, Lawrence, Polk, and Webster counties.
The major disaster declaration provided public assistance to the affected counties for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and permanent work to repair or replace facilities damaged by the severe storms. FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides federal funds to reimburse 75 percent of the costs for removing debris, conducting emergency activities and repairing roads, bridges, utility and water control facilities, public buildings and parks.