In the wake of the recent flooding, individuals, businesses, and others who have been affected are being encouraged by government officials to document everything related to their flood and water damage.

"People need to keep track of what they spend and what they're doing,"Presiding commissioner Gene Newkirk said,

Newkirk said documentation will be very important if and when the area is certified as a disaster area by SEMA (Missouri State Emergency Management Agency) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

According to Newkirk, the area has to be certified by SEMA first before it can be certified by FEMA.

"We have to meet the threshold in order to get assistance," Newkirk said.

Newkirk estimated that between eight and 12 million dollars worth of damage has been done in the county between individuals, businesses and other entities such as schools. He also said that 90 percent of the roads in the county were affected, 60 percent of which were severely damaged.

"We're just trying to make the roads so people can get in and out. They aren't going to be perfect and won't be for a while," Newkirk said.

Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency director Lawton "Smitty" Smith is asking farmers to report damage to him and he will help them find the resources they need.

Both Newkirk and Smith said people need to take pictures, save receipts and document as much as they can in anticipation of a declaration from SEMA and FEMA.

The area has not been certified as a disaster area by SEMA, but Newkirk said he felt confident that it would happen.

Once the declarations come, people will be able to take their documentation and use that to help get assistance.