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The information included on this website is designed to help in cleaning up homes and communities that have been affected by drought, floods, severe weather and other natural disasters. If your questions are not addressed by the information below, please call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827.

Agriculture | Asbestos | Debris Disposal | Drinking Water | Drinking Water/Wastewater Facilities | Drought Assistance | Drums or Tanks | Local Contacts | Missouri State Park Advisories | Flooding | River Levels | Sinkholes-Geologic Mapping | Water Wells

Executive Orders

Governor Parson signed Executive Order 19-08 – May 21, 2019 New
Order declares a state of emergency and authorizes the use of state agencies to provide assistance, as needed.

Governor Parson signed Executive Order 19-07 – April 30, 2019
Order extends Department of Natural Resources’ authority to ease requirements for flood recovery

Governor Parson signed Executive Order 19-05 – March 29, 2019
In addition to his recent flood-related state of emergency declaration, Governor Mike Parson on March 29 signed Executive Order 19-06 giving the Department of Natural Resources discretionary authority to temporarily waive or suspend any department regulation to best serve the interests of public health and safety during the current flooding and subsequent recovery period.

MoDNR Flood-Related Waiver

MoDNR Flood-Related Waiver – May 22, 2019

2019 Flood-Related News

Preparing for Potential Flooding

    Preparing for Potential Flooding

Unlike other natural disasters (e.g., tornadoes, thunderstorms, ice storms), severe flooding usually can be predicted, giving those in the affected areas the opportunity to prepare. You can take steps to minimize the environmental effects if exposed to flood waters. Find the latest conditions and resources available at dnr.mo.gov/flood.

Debris Cleanup Information

Cleanup Guidance Fact Sheets

Local Assistance Contact Information

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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.

Agricultural Information

Agricultural resources

Landowners may contact their local county soil and water conservation district office for additional information and assistance. 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 natural 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.

Asbestos and Open Burning Information

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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.

Drinking Water Assistance

Drinking Water Assistance

Individuals whose homes or drinking water that may have been affected by a natural disaster 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.

Private Drinking Water Wells

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Flooded Wells

Owners of private water wells should take precautions if the threat of flooding exists, and specific steps should be taken if water wells are impacted by flood waters. It is important to disinfect a water well if the well has been impacted by flood water, a water sample tests positive for bacteria, or when work on the well, such as a pump replacement or liner installation has been completed. The following links provide helpful guidance.

When Repairs are Needed

If repairs need to be made to the water well, hire a contractor to do the work. Contractors licensed to do business in Missouri may be found online by using mowells.

Bacteriological Testing

For more information about bacteriological testing for private drinking water please contact the following agencies:

Drinking Water and Wastewater Facility Information

drinking water and wastewater flood disaster resources

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.

Natural Disaster Assistance for Missouri Citizens – Disaster Response Guidance for Public Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

Natural Disaster Assistance for Missouri Citizens – Disaster Response for On-Site Wastewater (Septic) Systems

Emergency Response for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities (EPA)

Water Pollution

Drinking Water Emergency Exception Request – MO 780-2821

Drought Assistance

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Find the latest drought conditions and resources available for drought assistance at dnr.mo.gov/drought.htm.

Missouri State Park Advisories

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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.

Missouri and Mississippi River Levels

Missouri and Mississippi River Levels - flood disasterinformation

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.

Report Orphaned Containers or Tanks

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Report any potential hazardous substance containers or propane tanks that have been affected by a natural disaster 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.

Sinkholes and Geologic Mapping

Sinkholes and Geologic Resources flood resources

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.

Other Resources

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