David Burgan of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) conducted a briefing for flood relief applicants June 5 at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center.

Burgan, who has worked extensively with associate county clerk Michele Gatzemeyer in replacing the Minnith slab over the Saline Creek and other projects, spoke on the state-declared disaster FEMA-4435-DR, covering “severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding” between March 11 and April 16 of this year. It was declared on May 20.

He largely covered the SEMA Public Assistance Program providing supplemental 75/25 federal/non-federal share assistance to state and local governments “and certain private non-profit organizations.”

Marty Comstock of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)  and Makayla McGruder, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Mineral Area county executive director, also spoke.

Comstock spoke briefly about a USDA flood recovery program and an Emergency Watershed Program for restoring streams that are near roads or ports.

McGruder talked about a flood relief program that covers individuals as well as entities.

See complete story in the June 12 edition of the Herald.