Natural Disaster Resources
The information included on this website is designed to help in cleaning up homes and communities that have been affected by severe weather, floods and other natural disasters. If your questions are not addressed by the fact sheets and documents below, please call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827.
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Debris Cleanup Information
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has waived specific solid waste and air pollution regulations following significant flooding. The waiver gives residents and communities in affected counties throughout the state additional flexibility in cleaning up damages associated with heavy rain, flooding and flash flooding that began April 28.
- MoDNR Storm Waiver Extension - June 2, 2017
Cleanup Guidance Fact Sheets
- How to Dispose of your Disaster Debris - Natural Disaster Assistance for Missouri Citizens
- Emergency Guidance for Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste
- How to Properly Dispose of Sandbags
- Management of Petroleum and Other Materials from Damaged Boats
- Natural Disaster Recovery For Historic Buildings
- Additional Contact Phone Numbers
- Storm-damaged soil and water conservation practices eligible for reconstruction and reseeding costs news release
- MoDNR extends waiver to aid flood debris recover and cleanup news release
- Department of Natural Resources issues waiver to aid debris cleanup following flooding news release
- MoDNR provides guidance on flooding news release
Check with the department’s nearest regional office for details on how wastes shall be handled before implementing any of these special practices. A list of regional offices is found in this document and on the web at dnr.mo.gov/regions/regions.htm.
Cost-Share Funding - Landowners who completed cost-share soil and water conservation practices that were affected by the recent flooding and heavy rains are eligible for reconstruction and reseeding costs. Cost-share funding will be available to restore the practice to meet practice standards and specifications. Landowners who have a contract for a practice that is currently under construction and was damaged are eligible for additional cost-share assistance through their local county soil and water conservation district office. The local district board of supervisors has the authority to approve the contracts to repair the damaged practices. In anticipation of President Trump's federal declaration, the Soil and Water Districts Commission took action at its May 9 meeting. The commission approved a variance to its rules that allows for reconstruction and reseeding of storm-damaged soil and water conservation practices currently under a maintenance agreement. The variance will be available to landowners until Dec. 31, 2017.
During wet weather periods, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations may experience high manure storage levels for extended periods of time that can risk discharges that must be prevented. Planning ahead and being prepared for these situations is paramount. Learn more about Wet Weather Management Practices for CAFOs--PUB2422.
During a disaster, the highest priority is protection of human life and safety. As soon as the immediate threat is over, animal producers must address the disaster’s effects on their animals and property. Learn more about Disaster-Related Animal Production Mortalities Emergency Procedures.
Extra precaution should be taken when handling asbestos-containing debris. Open burning is the burning of any materials in which air contaminants are emitted directly into the air without first passing through a stack or chimney. The open burning fact sheet summarizes allowable and prohibited open burning under Missouri regulations.
Individuals whose homes or drinking water that may have been affected by flooding can learn tips for Restoring Drinking Water or learn how to flush and disinfect their water lines. Additional information is also available from the Department of Health and Senior Services on Water Quality on page 4, 5 and 6.
Contact your drinking water system directly to determine if a boil water advisory has been issued. Boil water advisories are a precautionary public notice issued by public water systems if conditions at the system demonstrate a potential threat to public health. Boil water orders are issued by the department and order public water systems to notify their customers about the threat to public health.
If your well was flooded, take precautions and steps before reusing the well. If you need to make repairs to your well, hire a certified contractor or find your well records the department can help. Contact the department’s Wellhead Protection Section at 573-368-2165 to assistance.
Individuals using private wells that may have been flooded may contact their local health public agencies for a free water test and boil order procedures.
The following information is intended to provide initial emergency guidance to the operators, owners and employees of both publicly and privately owned facilities that produce and distribute drinking water or collect and treat wastewater.
- Disaster Response Guidance for Public Drinking Water and Wastewater
- Disaster Response for On-Site Wastewater Systems
- Water Pollution
Before you visit a state park or historic site, be sure to check Missouri State Parks website to learn if there are any advisories or closings.
The department coordinates issues relating to major river basins that affect Missouri, and provides technical support for negotiations and litigation actions to protect the state’s rights to this water. Learn more about the Missouri River Flood Issues and Mississippi River Flood Issues. Or visit the River Observations.
Unlike other natural disasters that strike Missouri (e.g. tornadoes, thunderstorms, ice storms), severe flooding usually can be predicted, giving those in the effected areas the opportunity to prepare. You can take steps to minimize the environmental effects if they may be exposed to flood waters.
- How to Construct a Sandbag Emergency Levee
- Agricultural Chemicals - Reducing the Impact of Flooding
- Household Hazardous Waste - Reducing the Impact of Flooding
- Private Water Wells - Reducing the Impact of Flooding
- Propane Tanks - Reducing the Impact of Flooding
Report any potential hazardous substance containers or propane tanks that have been affected by flooding to the Department of Natural of Resources. Containers or tanks can also be reported by calling the department’s 24-hour emergency response line at 573-634-2436.
Missouri is no stranger to natural disasters. Disasters cause significant damage to property and life and require extensive recovery time. While disasters cannot be avoided, awareness of their potential impacts can allow communities to plan before, during and even after. Learn more about Geologic Mapping for Natural Disasters and Sinkholes and Sinkhole Mitigation.
- State of Missouri - Flood Safety Tips
- MoDOT's Traveler Info Map
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
- SEMA - Flooding Information
- Disaster Assistance.gov
- EPA-Planning for Disaster Debris
- University of Missouri Outreach and Extension
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Kansas City District / Memphis District / Omaha District / St. Louis District