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In many parts of the state, wet fields have delayed or prevented corn and soybean planting. Farmers are looking at the prospect of reduced yields, stunted growth, and pest, weed and disease problems. Fruit and vegetable producers and gardeners face similar concerns.
Here is a list of Missouri-specific Unit 9 of Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit, created by University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension Service. Information specific to Missouri was added by MU Extension.
If your well has been flooded, the well and entire water system should be cleaned and disinfected. Floods can contaminate wells with silt, raw sewage, oil and disease organisms. Here are the procedures for proper disinfecting.
Cleaning and repairing flooded basements
Learn how to get out the water and prevent future problems in this PDF from North Dakota State University Extension Service.
North Dakota State University Extension Service says have a plan to shelter in place if roads become impassable. The shelter should have everything needed, such as communication devices, food, water, electricity, fuel, medical kit and emergency transportation.
Flood recovery for croplands
Here's more flood information from Nebraska and Iowa. Contact your local agricultural business or agronomy specialist to find how this applies to Missouri fields.
Cleaning your home after a flood takes special care. EMW1023, Quick Tips for Cleaning Up After a Flood is an MU Extension publication that provides basic cleaning and safety advice.
Prepare your home
You can take steps before the river rises to minimize water damage to your home. This North Dakota Extension publication outlines the steps. Preparing a Home that Will Be Flooded
Take precautions with propane tanks
Properly secure and mark propane tanks located in flood prone areas to avoid safety problems. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has recommendations. Reducing the Impact of Flooding: Propane Tanks (PDF)
Eric Evans, community emergency management specialist, describes the safest, most effective way to fill and place sandbags for their maximum effectiveness and protection.
After a disaster, you may have to replace social security cards, adoption records, birth certificates and other documents.
CEMP provides education and technical assistance to individual and families, local governments, businesses, schools and organizations in preparing and responding to natural and man-made disasters.