ST LOUIS, Mo. -- If your septic tank or well is damaged as a result of the early April storms and floods that deluged Madison County (Missouri), you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
For homeowners in Madison County, which has been designated a federal disaster area, a disaster-assistance home-repair grant program covers well and septic system damage. Those eligible may receive funds to pump septic tanks, perform required repairs, or even replace the system. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for the house also may be repaired or decontaminated with grant funds.
"We don't want anyone living in a house with contaminated water or exposed to raw sewage," said FEMA federal coordinating officer Curt Musgrave. "If you have applied for state and federal disaster assistance you should advise the FEMA inspector that you have a private well and septic system."
Home-repair disaster-assistance grants are made to restore the home to a livable condition. To qualify for a limited home repair grant, the applicants must own the home, and the home must be their primary residence. Grants are not intended to restore a home to pre-disaster condition and cannot be used for cosmetic repairs or repairs covered by insurance.
Any Madison County resident who suffered damage or losses from the severe storms and flooding on April 3 through 14 can register for disaster assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-462-9029. The number for hearing-or speech- impaired is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.