Monday, April 7, 2008

Flood relief for Missouri

Rain, Rain, Go Away.... April Showers in Missouri have turned into April Floods. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide federal disaster assistance to counties in Missouri affected by the recent floods. Although St. Charles County does not qualify for FEMA or HUD assistance, neighboring counties are receiving guaranteed loans for housing rehabilitation, economic development, and repair of public infrastructure. The assistance provides support to homeowners forced from their homes including foreclosure relief. Victims who have lost their homes are eligible for 100 percent financing, including closing costs to rebuild or buy a new home.

"Those who are forced from their homes need to know that help is available," said Alphonso Jackson, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary. "Whether its foreclosure relief for FHA-insured families or helping these counties to rebuild, HUD stands ready to help in any way we can."

Members of St. Charles County Rescue Task Force were called to action in mid-March to assist emergency crews and rescue operations in Reynolds County. Nearly three weeks after the initial flooding began, area river levels are expected to rise again this week.

Rainy forecasts impact St. Peters annual Operation Clean Stream event that was planned for the first weekend of April. Concerns for volunteers' safety prompted organizers to reschedule the event to Saturday, April 12, 8:30 - 1:30 pm. at Spencer Creek and Dardenne Creek.

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