Helicopters soar across disaster areas with assessment crews

5 days 23 hours 46 minutes ago Wednesday, June 12 2019 Jun 12, 2019 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:57:00 PM CDT June 12, 2019 in News
By: Morgan Riddell, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Helicopters took of from the Columbia Jet Center on Wednesday to start assessing storm and flooding damage from the past two weeks.

The assessment crews are going to be starting with seven counties, including Boone, Howard, Callaway, and Cheriton.

Mike Cappannari, the external affairs director a FEMA's regional office said this is just the first step to view the damage in inaccessible communities. 

"Helicopters really allow us the best opportunity to look at those damages, to really validate what the impacts are," he said. "Where there were damages due to tornados, there are teams that are going to be doing on-the-ground damage assessments."

Cappannari said the assessments will continue through the week and crews are working as fast as they can to help Gov. Mike Parson determine if there is need for additional federal assistance. 

There are two types of preliminary assessments being done; individual and public.

According to FEMA, IA is taking priority in communities largely impacted by flooding.

SEMA Public Assistance Coordinator David Burgan spent his day in the helicopters and said there is still a lot of water to be seen.

"Today, for individual assistance, we're looking at things like residences that have been damaged or impacted, some businesses for Small Business Association," Burgan said.

The assessments are conducted by joint teams of representatives from FEMA, local agencies, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, and Small Business Association.

Cappannari said its important for disaster victims who need assistance to call 2-1-1. 

The agencies are looking at businesses and/or individuals being affected in the following counties. Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Barry, Barton, Boone, Buchanan, Callaway, Carroll, Caldwell, Camden, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Cole, Cooper, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Dunklin, Gasconade, Genrtry, Green, Grundy, Hickory, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Knox, Laclede, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Macon, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Monroe, New Madrid, Nodaway, Osage, Ozark, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, St. Charles, St. Clair, Schuler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright Counties.

People with damage elsewhere need to be reporting it so it can be added to the agencies' list of counties to visit. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A man who pleaded guilty in April to trespassing at two Columbia schools ended up in jail again... More >>
14 minutes ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:29:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - An appeal's court has overturned the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a woman accused of "recklessly" causing the... More >>
42 minutes ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:01:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old Springfield man who killed his friend and dumped the body on the side of... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:23:57 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A St. Louis judge says Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature cannot cut off funding to abortion providers and... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:52:00 AM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS - Planned Parenthood in St. Louis is required to submit a "Plan of Correction" to the Missouri Department... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:54:00 AM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA - Moniteau County is considering regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) that are more restrictive than state law.... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 7:49:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Central Missouri Honor Flight 58 left Tuesday morning. This Honor Flight features 110 veterans from the Korean and... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 5:55:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Exclusive surveillance video shows a 2-year-old child dragged and then hit by a mini-van Monday morning. ... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 4:40:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former FBI agent who was involved in the criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 4:01:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
BOONVILLE - Flooding along the Missouri River is still affecting the Katy Trail near Boonville. The annual five-day Katy Trail... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:24:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The legacy of former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman is living on through his community, his co-workers and the... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 1:48:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Court documents reveal details behind the arrest of alleged child abductor Jillanne Pagano. Pagano is accused... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 11:49:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
TRENTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Highway Patrol says a 24-year-old police officer is recovering after being shot by a... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 8:59:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - During the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday, it is expected to discuss construction for a hiking trail... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:54:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city council plans to vote on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) on Monday. The... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:18:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - A Brumley man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single car accident on MO 42... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:33:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
FULTON - Two Fulton residents were arrested Sunday afternoon after authorities say they resisted arrest. Fulton Police attempted to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
OLEAN - As natural disasters swept through Missouri, some people are unable to stay in their homes. Flood victims... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:00:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
3pm 81°
4pm 82°
5pm 82°
6pm 81°