Blizzard Damages to Boone County Exceed Per Capita Threshold
COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management is currently collecting information on the damages caused by the blizzard earlier this month. It has been confirmed that Boone County received a record amount of snowfall and have exceeded the county's per capita cost threshold. The State of Missouri has also confirmed they have reached the per capita threshold, and the Governor has made a 'declaration of major disaster.
Their current estimation of total damages for Boone County is $1.7 million dollars. This estimate includes schools and colleges, hospitals, roads and municipalities.
"We now are working with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and ultimately Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to ascertain all approved costs for the snow event we dealt with a few weeks ago," OEM Director Zim Schwartze said in a press release. "This is a very long process and can be very complicated based on strict guidelines and rules that must be followed for possible reimbursement."
Schwartze is working with SEMA this coming week to ensure that OEM is claiming the correct expenses. Under the Federal Stafford Act, a long process is mandated in order to request Public Assistance.