Assessing Flood Damage

1 decade 1 year 4 days ago Tuesday, May 22 2007 May 22, 2007 Tuesday, May 22, 2007 6:59:10 PM CDT May 22, 2007 in News

While some residents are requesting federal assistance, one living along the Osage river looks on the bright side.

"It forces you to get rid of the junk you don't need and clean everything," said resident Soda Popp.

Quite the attitude for someone who had to flee his home for two weeks and lost 180 acres of crops during the flood of '07.  However, in Osage county, rising water is not a rare sight.

One can see where the water marks crested by simply looking around.  Pillars are a prime example of displaying where the water levels actually reached.

Just three days after the flood waters receded from Soda Popp's land, the state put together a flood assessment to survey the damage.

"It's too early at this time to say exactly who will get the assistance, but this is why it's important," said Terri Durdaller from the Department of Public Safety.

Soda Popp lives across the river from Osage County, one of the 18 counties requesting federal assistance. 

The other 17 counties include:

  • Andrew
  • Atchison
  • Buchanan
  • Carroll
  • Chariton
  • Clay
  • Daviess
  • DeKalb
  • Gentry
  • Holt
  • Jackson
  • Lafayette
  • Livingston
  • Morgan
  • Nodaway
  • Platte
  • Worth

Still Pop says he doesn't expect any hand outs for his damages.

"No, no; I Didn't in '93."

Despite two weeks of flooding every year, Popp says his land will always be God's country.

The flood damage assessment team is in the Kansas city area now, heading downstream to Mid-Missouri.

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