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FEMA goes door-to-door registering Missouri families for disaster relief

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Posted at 8:42 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 23:31:43-04

RUSHVILLE, Mo. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is on the ground in Missouri, hoping to help people recover after an unusually soggy spring.

“Through March and April, lots of storms came through Kansas City and a lot of counties in Missouri," FEMA Public Information Officer Kristiana Sanford said.

Missouri received a federal disaster declaration July 9, which triggered FEMA's response to the area. The deadline to register for assistance is Sept. 7.

Right now, FEMA has disaster survivor assistance crews going door-to-door in flood-impacted areas, working to connect those in need with much-needed relief.

Cews were out Wednesday in northern Platte County, where Cheryl Fritzel has lived nearly 60 years.

“It feels good," she said. "The last time we had to register, we had to go to Civic Arena and it was an all-day process, so this is really nice.”

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Nearby, Riverwood Winery was spared from the worst of the flooding, but manager Andrew Naatz is happy to see FEMA scouring the area.

“I think it’s really important," he said. "I think it’s great that they’re doing that."

Disaster victims also can go online to find out if your property falls under the disaster declaration or to find a list of the closest disaster recovery centers and register for aid.