Historic flooding devastates Missouri towns, relief coming from FEMA in KC

Posted at 10:34 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 23:34:04-04

Kansas City has missed the brunt of the flooding that's swallowed the state of Missouri but remains in the center of federal relief efforts.

FEMA representatives operating out of an office on Ward Parkway are working around the clock to help victims in the south and central parts of the state.

"The state of Missouri is very much in response mode," explained FEMA External Affairs Director Michael Cappannari. "Right now we are really focused on monitoring and providing whatever support we can, to the state to the state emergency management agency."

Though the rain is expected to clear out, people in the affected areas could still face danger.

"That’s the importance of preparedness and being safe with regards to flash flooding that occurs within minutes and with little notice," Cappannari said. "And folks should know not to drive through flood waters.”