FEMA To Open Disaster Recovery Center in Taney County

Office Opens in Hollister May 21

May 19, 2011|by Joe Daues KSPR News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening an office in Taney county to help victims of flooding.    The office will open Saturday, May 21 in the Hollister Community Center.   FEMA uses temporary offices like these to give access and information to victims of flooding and other natural disasters.    Many people in Hollister saw their homes flood along Lake Taneycomo, when the Army Corps of Engineers opened Table Rock Dam floodgates to ease rising waters on Table Rock Lake.


The city of Branson will flood victims to park RVs outside their homes.   During a special meeting today, (5-19) the Branson Board of Aldermen approved a resolution to allow flood survivors to park recreational vehicles at their homes while making repairs and rebuilding.

Current city code prohibits parking occupied RVs in areas not established for that purpose.  However, some residents of flooded homes along the Taneycomo lakefront have asked the city for permission to keep RVs on their property to live in during recovery.


32 homes in the city limits received interior water damage.

Only one RV can be parked on property that’s eligible for federal assistance under Disaster Declaration 1980.

The RV must be connected to electric, water and sewer and be inspected and permitted by the planning and development department.

The resolution will expire November 30, 2011.


FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Taney County 

Columbia, Mo.  -- FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 in Taney County. The center, located at the Community Center in Hollister, will provide access and information for those affected by recent severe storms, floods and tornadoes.

On May 9, 2011 the President issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Missouri to help individuals and communities recover from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing.

The DRC location and hours of operation until further notice are:

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

Hollister Community Center
Old Train Station
294 Esplanade St.
Hollister, MO 65672

Hours of Operation

Saturday, May 21, 2011 1pm to 6pm
Sunday, May 22, 2011 1pm to 6pm

After the weekend opening the DRC will be open from 9am to 6pm Monday through Saturday until further notice.
Before visiting a DRC, people are encouraged to register with FEMA online or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages.

Representatives from FEMA individual assistance and mitigation programs will be available, along with the U.S. Small Business Administration to explain assistance programs and help those affected to register for disaster aid. Recovery specialists can also help with referral information to other assistance programs.

SBA low interest disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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