The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is reminding residents affected by flooding to be mindful of health and environment issues in it’s aftermath.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chris Perkins talk with DNR spokesperson Renee Bungart.

Renee Bungart

Department of Natural Resources provides guidance on flooding

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 29, 2011 – Some Missouri communities are battling rising floodwaters and preparing for imminent flooding while others are beginning their recovery. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a natural disaster resource webpage that provides residents of flood-stricken community’s important information on preparing for and recovering from flooding.

The department has updated its Natural Disaster Resources webpage — dnr.mo.gov/disaster.htm — to provide community leaders, emergency responders and individuals with fact sheets to aid in both the preparation for and recovery from recent floods.

Preparation:

  • Reducing the Impact of Flooding – Private Water Wells
  • Reducing the Impact of Flooding – Propane Tanks
  • Reducing the Impact of Flooding – Agricultural Chemicals
  • A Public Health Guide for Emergency Shelters in Missouri for Shelter Coordinators and Staff.
  • How to Construct a Sandbag Emergency Levee.

After the flood:

  • Boil Water Notice.
  • Disaster Response Guidance for Public Drinking Water and Wastewater.
  • Disaster Response for On-Site Wastewater Systems.
  • Disaster-Related Animal Production Mortalities Emergency Procedures.
  • Emergency Guidance for Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste.
  • Facts on Open Burning Under Missouri Regulations.
  • Guidance on Wastewater Treatment Plants Affected by Flooding.
  • Household Chemicals and Household Hazardous Waste.
  • How to Handle Asbestos-Containing Debris.
  • Management of Petroleum and Other Materials from Damaged Boats.
  • Natural Disaster Recovery for Historic Buildings.
  • Restoring Drinking Water.
  • Water Pollution.
  • What to do After the Flood – Regulatory and Permitting Requirements.
  • What to do with Disaster Debris.

Visit dnr.mo.gov/disaster.htm for publications and fact sheets and dnr.mo.gov/psa/index.html#disaster for public service announcements on disaster assistance. If the fact sheets and documents do not address your questions or communities and residents are unable to access the Web, please call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827.

Residents should contact their public water supply directly for further information and consult the local news media for notification when any health advisories have been issued or lifted.

However, if any area has lost water pressure for any period of time, residents should boil their water for drinking for three minutes.  Residents should continue boiling their water until notified that samples have been taken proving the water is safe to drink. If residents need additional information or cannot reach their water supply representative, call the department’s Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5331 or your nearest regional office:

  • Kansas City Regional Office – 816-622-7000
  • Northeast Regional Office – 660-385-8000
  • Southeast Regional Office – 573-840-9750
  • Southwest Regional Office – 417-891-4300
  • St. Louis Regional Office – 314-416-2960

Individuals using private wells that may have been flooded should follow boil order procedures, which are available from their local public health agency.

For more information or questions on environmental concerns, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-361-4827 or contact one of the department’s regional offices in your area.   The additional information on the regional offices, visit the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/regions/regions.htm.