Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s office said he has begun the process of obtaining federal disaster assistance for the state. That’s in response to severe storms and tornadoes on May 3 and 4 that resulted in damage in parts of the Ozarks.
The governor is requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency review damage reports and documentation from 19 Missouri counties. Those include Dallas, Douglas, Hickory, Howell, Laclede, Polk and Wright.
The local-state-federal damage assessment process will have to be modified due to COVID-19, according to Parson’s office. Instead of operating jointly in-person, the teams will operate virtually to review images and detailed descriptions of damage along with estimated repair costs.