On Thursday the area was flown by helicopter to try and speed up the Disaster Declaration process. This is great news because in the past the water had to recede before the initial damage assessment could be completed.
If you need a tetanus shot contact the St. Charles County Health Department at 636-949-1857. They can assist with that.
City Officials are working on a plan to get setup to be able to get cleanup supplies housed in/near West Alton. In the past these were housed in the Fire Department and the Church. All of these locations had substantial amounts of water making them unusable at this time. We should have more news on this soon.
Update (6/11/19): City officials have been working with St. Charles County COAD for disaster relief resources. The overall goal of the COAD is to coordinate the mobilization and utilization of resources in the event of an emergency within St. Charles County. We have another call with them tomorrow and should have more information at that time.
The EMA is gathering the information for the Disaster Declaration. Once the State Declares it then the President has to review and declare. The following link will help explain the steps for the declaration process. https://sema.dps.mo.gov/…/federal-disaster-declaration-proc…
Once the President approves then the Federal Assistance programs will begin.
After the 15-16 flood myself and a few alderman walked door to door with FEMA to gather the damage assessment information. The main thing to gather from that statement is that we walked. The water was out of town when they came. The declaration happened after that. There were areas in the Point and Alta Villa that were still inaccessible at that time as well.
We will try to update here more frequently. I have not had internet access at my house since the first wave of the flood got in our neighborhood on May 6. I want to thank Rick Pender for posting information on the Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District page and keeping everyone up to date. As we get important information we will be asking him to pass it along as well. We also ask you to pass the information along. Not everyone has access to a computer or internet so your assistance with that is greatly appreciated. We will be posting on the following sites.
Finally. If you had water in your home you can clean up but you cannot make repairs until your Damage Assessment has been completed. We will be trying to get these done as quickly as we can. Once the assessment is done you will be contacted to make an appointment to discuss your options. If you have less than 50% damage you will be able to make repairs to your structure. You may need some permits depending on the work needing to be done. If you have 50% or more damage you will have 3 options: Elevate, Demolish or Move your structure. These are requirements that we have as a community participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. It does not matter if you have Flood Insurance or not you still have to follow these rules.
West Alton has a poplulation of 522. It is located in Eastern St. Charles County at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The two main highways through our city are US Hwy 67 and State Hwy 94.
West Alton has 3 City Parks, is home to several conservation areas and a state park.
The City Council Meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm and is open to the public.
The Planning and Zoning meeting is held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 8:00 pm and is open to the public.
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