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Flood Assistance Deadline Looms for 33 Missouri Counties

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson
Flood waters from the Mississippi River filled the streets of Thebes, Illlinois on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.

Monday, March 21, is the final day for survivors of Missouri's winter flooding to register for federal assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is seeking applications for disaster grants that will help pay for home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs stemming from the flooding in eastern and southern Missouri that followed three days of heavy rain in December. The worst of the flooding was along the Meramec River in suburban St. Louis and the Mississippi River from the St. Louis area to the south.

Individual assistance is available to residents of 33 Missouri counties who register by the end of the day today. 

FEMA says more than $75 million already has been approved for affected Missourians. The agency says those who register for assistance "can be referred to national and locally-active voluntary, faith-based and non-governmental agencies" if all of their needs are not met by federal assistance.

Residents can register online at disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-3362.

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