Flood Victims Transition from Relief to Prevention Phases

By Lex Smith | lsmith@kolr10.com

Published 10/23 2013 03:18PM

Updated 10/23 2013 06:48PM

HOLLISTER, Mo. – Victims of flooding are making the transition from relief to prevention.

Disaster assistance loans from the Small Business Administration are available through early Dec., and many insurance companies have already provided businesses allong BB highway with settlements to rebuild.

Larry Vejraska, the owner of B&L Power Equipment, is still going through damaged parts in his warehouse. But he is also planning to build concrete barriers to redirect water in case of future flooding.

“We’re just going to change things around outside, move things around, change things up.” He said. “So we can kind of help if it ever happens again.”

The City of Hollister is doing the same thing. The city is finishing up its cleanup efforts by removing trash and debris in the creek. Rick Ziegenfuss, the city’s administrator, said applications have been filed to dredge Turkey Creek as well.

“The community has been really good,” he said. “The agencies that have worked locally with us have all rallied to help us. So we can't speak highly enough of those folks along with the local volunteers.”

SBA representatives will remain in Hollister until Thursday, Oct. 24 to help applicants through the process. But online forms are still available through early December.

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