Missouri flood notice

Missouri flooding

This article was written to help with the 2015 floods. An update to address the April/May 2017 flooding incident is available with additional resources and loan information. 


Christmas 2015 brought an unwelcome gift to eastern Missouri — up to 14 inches of rain in just a few days, resulting in the flooding of the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries.

Luckily, the levees held and the water moved down the Mississippi River. But while the flood waters may have receded, a massive cleanup and recovery effort has begun that is likely to take weeks if not months. One estimate says 7,100 buildings in four counties were affected, with half a million tons of debris to be removed. Jump to flood resources and updates.

flood water in Valley Park, Mo.

Meramec River flood waters in front of the Valley Park, Mo. police substation on Vance Road, Dec. 30, 2015.
Photo © Laura Bruns.

In early January 2016, President Obama signed an emergency declaration ordering federal aid for the region. This declaration makes significant federal resources available, specifically those of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA, to speed debris removal and hazardous materials and help relieve the strain of response and recovery costs in the region.

The Missouri National Guard has also commenced “Operation Recovery” to help people in the affected areas remove debris and restore their lives to normal. Curbside debris pickup is even available in parts of the region.

These processes were accelerated by Gov. Jay Nixon, who signed an executive order allowing the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to temporarily waive regulations to dispose of debris while protecting public health and safety.

Damage assessment teams from FEMA, the SBA, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and local officials will soon be in the field to make assessments. Once assessed, eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from the flooding.

Was your business prepared? Or do you find yourselves wishing you had taken a few hours to better prepare?

Useful websites to help you now and in the event of future disasters


General resources

St. Louis area resources

Southwestern Missouri resources

The following resources are also available to help put a plan in place or recover if a disaster has already occurred.

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Your local Missouri Business Development Program center can assist in making the necessary plans to help you and your business survive any disaster. Contact them today!