Flood recovery resources
Cleaning up the mess and dealing with contaminated food

Cleaning up after a flood is a long, tiresome task. Be sure to do it right to avoid getting sick or having problems later. Get a copy of MP904, Resources for Your Flooded Home. Read more


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Website has information for farmers affected by wet weather in 2015

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. Read more

Disaster Recovery Resources for Missouri Families

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.

Check, disinfect flooded wells

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. Read more

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. Read more

Be prepared for flooding in rural areas

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. Read more

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.

Returning home

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. Read more

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 Read more

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) Read more

Flood Fighting with sandbags

Eric Evans, community emergency management specialist, describes the safest, most effective way to fill and place sandbags for their maximum effectiveness and protection. Read more

How to replace vital documents

After a disaster, you may have to replace social security cards, adoption records, birth certificates and other documents. Read more

About the Community Emergency Management Program

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. Read more


  • Friday, January 15, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has issued a revised edition of the 24-page publication “Resources for Your Flooded Home,” which covers a variety of issues residents of flood-damaged homes may have to deal with, including health and safety precautions; assessing damage; cleaning and disinfecting; mold and mildew prevention and removal; step-by-step restoration; filing for insurance and federal disaster assistance; and credit and other sources of relief.
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
    CARTHAGE, Mo. – People can become victims twice in the aftermath of a natural disaster like a flood.
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  • Monday, December 28, 2015
    Conne Burnham, University of Missouri Extension state emergency management specialist, can answer reporters' questions on disaster readiness, response and recovery at the household, community and state level. Contact Burnham at 573-884-5254 or burnhamc@missouri.edu.
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your basement sprung a leak during recent intense rainfalls, you’re not alone.
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    University of Missouri Extension has resources to help you and your family prepare for and recover from floods and other weather-related emergencies.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.– Flooding is a potential threat in many parts of Missouri. And even if your house is not in a flood plain, you may drive through one on your way home, warns a University of Missouri Extension community development specialist.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Monday, August 29, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year Missouri has seen flooding, severe winter weather and devastating tornadoes. Meanwhile, two earthquakes struck in the U.S. within hours of each other even as a major hurricane moved toward the East Coast.
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  • Friday, July 22, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Floods and severe storms can leave more than just people homeless. Displaced snakes, rodents and other nuisance wildlife often will seek shelter and food in areas close to people, said Bob Pierce, MU Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Monday, June 6, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Moisture and rising temperatures can turn parts of your home into ideal sites for mold growth, said a University of Missouri Extension housing and environmental design specialist.
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