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Missouri Experience


June 8: Missouri Extension asked us to share these two web sites for with EDEN and other wishing to follow the Missouri River/dam release flooding on the western border.

Requests for Assistance 

Delegates in Iowa and Missouri asked for help finding resources on preparing a home for long term flooding besides removing contents, such as, open or close doors, how to store items in attics, safety for propane tanks, etc. An email was sent to delegates June 3; responses are shown on the 2011: Spring Melt "Resources Collected" page.

Missouri has made no other for assistance from the network or our USDA-NIFA partner.


Response Notes Digest 


May 13: Missouri has experienced flooding along both the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.  The most serious is occurring along the Mississippi River below St. Genevieve.We have a lot of water in our “protected” bottoms.  Some from seep water, some from the 20+ inches of rain we got in that 10 day period.  We have more water in the bottoms than I have seen without having a levee break.  Farther south it is much the same and more.  The corps of engineers tried to hold back water in every puddle that they controlled.  Even to the point on one lake (Wappapello) they built a temporary levee on the emergency spillway that backed the water up 2 foot higher than pool max.  it back water into Greenville and completely cutoff the town.  Many structures got water into them.  Parts of Hwy 67 went under water.  When the levee broke it damaged several letter highways and nearly took out the last open east/west hwy in the Bootheel, Hwy 60.  We had some mud slides on some highway cuts from the rains.  Clear Water Dam came close to failing, but survived.  Other locks and dams were managed the same and it looks like they survived too.  But they were all close to failure and the Corps admitted that they had to start making major (historic) releases in the entire Mississippi watershed.  This is referring to the Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee river systems, too, and the smaller rivers as well.

May 19:  A significant portion of the East Prairie school district's taxable land is in the fertile floodway -- with millions of dollars of assessed value now under water. The value of this farmland is estimated at $300 million by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Net cash income from farming in Mississippi County was $39 million in the last agricultural census in 2007.
The Center for Economic & Business Research at Southeast Missouri State University's estimates labor income in Mississippi County could decline by about $12 million, roughly 9 percent of the county's total labor income. Total revenue/sales in the county could decline by $93.45 million, or 14.4 percent, according to numbers worked up by Bruce Domazlicky, the center's director. It is estimated that there is a loss of 500 jobs. As one city official express their losses, “"Agriculture is our factory, and right now it's 10 foot under water."



Staff living in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Butler, Stoddard, Carter, Ripley, Wayne, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, and some in Perry Counties have been impacted by major flooding. All personnel are accounted for and safe. Some are unable to leave their homes due to road closings and high water. Actual damage to homes and property is still being assessed. Two Extension staff members lost their homes and farms. Two Extension offices were in danger of flooding and were closed for a period of time due to high water.


May 13: All Extension offices are responding to the needs of flood victims in the affected counties. Extension faculty are fully engaged in helping thier communities respond. News releases, radio and TV spots and disaster centers are being provided with information about safety and clean-up.  Extension Faculty in other parts of the state are on stand-by to provide additional assistance when needed.

David Baker, Assistant Dean of Agriculture Extension, at the University of MO., serves on the USDA State Emergency Board.  The board has met two times since the flooding began.  The board worked with local USDA County Emergency Boards in the affected counties to develop farmer input sessions.  The Governor had the director of MO Dept of Ag, Dr. John Hagler, conduct 4 fact finder meetings to find out the concerns of the Bootheel ag community, in Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot and Butler Counties.  He also had all state agencies do some flood recovery meetings (fair like format), Exxtension participated.  Since we had no money, we had to hard sell the information that we had for folks.  The Red Cross loves our “Resources for Your Flooded Home”.  They ordered many copies and reproduced more.  We also had the water well, rodent and snake publications, along with the Better Living handbook produced in 2009.

The ag meetings had about 300 total attendance at the 4 sites.  The flood recovery meetings had over 600 total attendance at 5 locations.  USDA partners participated at all the meetings.

There was a contractor fraud prevention workshops last week.  Here are a few points of importance.
1)There were 6 sessions with approximately 100 people in total attendance from the affected communities.
2)A follow-up class will be conducted next week at the St. Louis County Library-Bridgeton location on the components that go into putting a new roof on (so that those affected know the kind of work (materials, labor, etc.) to expect when the contractor is at their home).
3)KFVS, KTVI (Fox2Now), KMOX, and the Suburban Journal picked up stories in the event.
4)An Extension Specialist served as a panelist during the session held Monday – Wednesday. Thursday she was the facilitator and main presenter.
5)Extension also had a resource table at each event with information on chainsaw safety, storm damage trees, tips for hiring a contractor, assessing your roof for damage, repairing your roof after a tornado, salvaging food after a tornado, dealing with stress after a disaster, area disaster resource numbers, flood resources (if needed). 
6)There were at least 12 organizations that partnered to host the workshops. 

May 19: Extension faculty identified resource topics that will be needed in the upcoming weeks and months. Networking with state agencies and local publics to assist wth followup on local needs is a high priority. It is also important to work with populations indirectly impacted by flood--there was significant water damage from storms, areas that were under water because high river stage would not allow for drainage, and hill ground suffered erosion and stayed wet because of the same events.



Through EDEN we have been able to identify specific resources that will be of use.  Videos from North Dakota State will be of use when flood waters begin to go down and restoration can begin on flooded wells.
A group of EDEN delegates representing 9 states have come together to evaluate current flood recovery resources and further develop those resources for future use. 



The research-based information provided by Extension has proven time and again to be of special value to flood recovery victims.  We do not have funds to distribute to people or businesses; but, the one-on-one conversations we can enter into give individuals an opportunity to tell their story.  By being able to tell thier story, people begin to heal and recover.  The information we share can help them recover in a safe and effective manner.  After the height of the disaster passes and all of the other agencies leave, the local Extension specialists are still there to help people rebuild thier lives and their communities.



University of Missouri   [Beverly Maltsberger]


 EDEN delegates can read individual Response Notes on the Intranet.


Last Updated:6/13/2011 2:43 PM

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