Holt County flooding

As tax deadline draws near, one congressman is asking for a reprieve in areas affected by severe flooding.

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service requesting a delay of the deadline for filing returns or a delay of the late filing penalty for those affected by flooding. Holt and Atchison counties in Northwest Missouri were among the hardest hit areas, with multiple levees destroyed along the Missouri River.

Graves sent the letter after talking with local tax preparers who said clients affected by the recent flooding could not get a disaster-related tax filing extension due to the lack of a federal disaster declaration.

On April 5, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson requested a joint preliminary assessment of damage by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration in preparation for an official request for federal disaster assistance.

However, it is unclear when these assessments will be complete.

“Folks in Northwest Missouri affected by the flooding are hurting and have many more pressing issues to deal with as they start the recovery process,” Graves said.