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Damage assistance available

Thursday, November 2, 2006

OREGON COUNTY -- Assistance is available for cost share flood damage for residents in the Myrtle area.

Oregon County Farm Services Agency Executive Director Dennis Johnson said last week that his office is now accepting applications due to the flood that occurred in the Myrtle portion of the county Sept. 22 and 23.

Southern District Commissioner John Wrenfrow said the Mill Creek and James Creek areas in his district received a lot of damage.

The commissioner said dirt and gravel was completely washed off the roads in these areas due to the heavy rain.

Johnson said the emergency conservation program is a cost-share program that will assist those who suffered flood damage up to 75 percent.

"The funds can be used to remove debris from farmland caused by the September flooding," Johnson said.

Wrenfrow said he did not have a clear understanding what the assistance involved or what would be covered.

"We had a lot of fences down. Many stumps, logs and a lot of gravel in fields because of the high water," he said.

Johnson said on-site inspections will be made on each farmer's property who fills out the application.

Applications may be made at the Farm Service Agency Office in Alton, located on Highway 160 northwest of Alton.

Wrenfrow said he hopes the people in his district who suffered damage or loss due to the floods will take advantage of the assistance offer.

For more information or to receive an application call Johnson at 417-778-7561.

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