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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

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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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 Well Installation Section at 573-368-2165 for 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.

Drinking Water and Wastewater Facility Information

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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