OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County Farm Service Director Dennis Johnson announced last week that his office is currently accepting applications for cost share assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture. The assistance is being offered due to tornado damage that occurred in and around the Myrtle area Nov. 5 of last year.
"There are currently no funds available, but there is a sign-up period for the Emergency Conservation Program and it runs through March 30," Johnson said. He added that he hopes funds will soon become available.
The damage occurred when at least two different tornados that ripped through the county leaving destruction it their path. The first storm hit the southeastern area of the county around 10:10 p.m. The National Weather Service at first said the storm was a severe thunderstorm with straight line winds but the following day confirmed what those who had ridden out the two storms already suspected, that two F-2 twisters had touched down.
The area where the storms was concentrated was nine miles east of Thayer near V Highway.
The majority of the damage was near County Road 263 where two mobile homes were destroyed. Barns, sheds, vehicles, corrals and hundreds of trees were destroyed or damaged during the tornado.
No one was killed or seriously injured in the tornados.
Johnson said on-site inspections will be required to receive the federal assistance. He said applications may be made at the FSA Office at Alton.
For more information call 417-778-7561.