SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County was impacted by significant flooding from April 28 to May 3, when 7 – 9 inches of rain fell across the county. Fourteen people had to be rescued from high water.
As of Tuesday, the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has received 174 damage reports from Greene County citizens whose homes, properties or businesses were damaged by flooding. Federal assistance for private properties is not guaranteed because that may not be enough damage to trigger a presidential disaster declaration.
A preliminary estimate for public infrastructure flood damage, which includes impact to roads and bridges, debris removal, protective measures (such as road barricades) and damage to parks and government buildings is $168,500.
“This flooding event was certainly significant, however, I think the high quality and continued maintenance of roadways and bridges here in Greene County contributed in large part to the relatively minimal damage reported from this event.” said Larry Woods, interim director of OEM. “In Greene County, we did not see the historic flooding that many counties throughout the state experienced. For that we are grateful.”