Patrick Baker was introduced as Missouri's Flood Recovery Coordinator on a media conference call this morning with Gov. Eric Greitens’ State Flood Recovery Team.
Baker comes from Lt. Governor Mike Parson’s Office. This is the first time a Missouri Governor has appointed a disaster recovery coordinator before a federal disaster declaration has been issued.
“While the flooding has had a devastating impact on Missouri communities, our state team is already leaning forward across departmental lines to ensure we do everything we can to support recovery and rebuilding,” Baker said. “Missourians are resilient and determined, and working as a team I am confident we’ll build communities stronger for the future.”
Final tabulations show that a total of more than 1,400 households were served during the 15 Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) held in flood-impacted communities across the state. This was the most MARCs ever held for a single disaster in Missouri, and the most people served.
Flooding in Arkansas that began April 1 means U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest economic injury disaster loans are now available to small non-farm businesses in eight Missouri counties that are contiguous to Arkansas.
The loans are available in Barry, Butler, Dunklin, Oregon, Pemiscot, Ripley, Stone, and Taney counties. SBA assistance information and applications are available online here.