AGENCY, Mo. — Like many others in the area, Brian Staggs has grown weary of flooding.
The Agency, Missouri, man’s home has suffered severe damage from the latest round of high waters from the Platte River that swamped parts of the southern Buchanan County town. He spent Tuesday reviewing the calamity and trying to determine a plan of attack for the cleanup of his basement residence. All of the water has been pumped back outside. This time, the levels were actually 2 inches lower than in 2007 — the last time flooding destroyed or damaged local property.
“I’ve lived here six years,” Staggs said, referring to the circa 1907 former Methodist Church that had been converted into living quarters. “The flood has pretty much gutted my house. The floor will have to be ripped up. The walls will have to be ripped out. I got all my stuff out. But there’s nothing that can be saved. The upstairs can be built. It didn’t get wet, and it’s got plenty of room.”
Staggs said he’ll be attacking mold in the structure — “the headache” — after dealing with the mud.
Two Buchanan County hazardous materials team members spent the afternoon assessing flood damage at 10 homes in Agency. Four residents still remain out of their homes, according to Buchanan County Emergency Management Agency Bill Brinton.
Information from damage assessments is gathered on behalf of the county’s flood plain managers and the State Emergency Management Agency.
The Buchanan County Assessor’s Office will provide information on appraised values of the homes. It’s been configured that rebuilding a home in Buchanan County costs $136 per square foot, Brinton said. A formula that includes that computation determines how much damage has occurred, he added.
Brinton and fellow hazmat team member Adam Perry knocked on doors in Agency to take photos and measurements of flood damage.
“If water gets anywhere inside, they’re considered totaled,” Brinton said of trailers in the town.
Data from the National Weather Service indicated that the Platte River near Agency measured at nearly 30 feet on Saturday. The river level continues dropping and is forecast to reach 14 feet by Sunday.