A variety of resources are still available for people effected by flooding this summer and spring.

Those resources include counseling for people suffering under the mental strain of the disaster. Free and confidential counseling programs are available through the Show Me Hope program, which is provided through the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

People in 20 counties across the state are eligible for this form of assistance.

Pike County residents interested in participating in the program should contact the county’s provider, the Arthur Center of Mexico, Mo., at 573-582-1234.

Residents can also call a state-operated disaster distress hotline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

A determination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture opens another avenue to relief for Pike County farmers.

Pike County is one of 53 Missouri county’s designated as having experienced a “primary natural disaster.”

That means Pike County farmers can receive emergency loans for some costs associated with flooding from the USDA’s Farm Service Administration.

Applications must be submitted by April 7, 2020. More information can be found online at farmers.gov/recover.

Missouri’s congressional delegation, meanwhile, has signed on to a letter calling on the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to open up another source of federal money for rebuilding.

Funding for Community Development Block Grants for disaster recovery was part of a disaster relief  bill passed by Congress in June. The process is now stalled until HUD takes action to distribute the funds.

“Victims of natural disasters should not have to wait on slow-moving bureaucratic processes to receive money intended for their recovery,” the letter reads in part.

Individuals have until Sept. 9 to register for federal disaster assistance or apply for a loan for physical property damage through the Small Business Administration.

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