Help for Bollinger County businesses could be on the way, rebuilding process already underway

GLENALLEN, Mo. (KBSI) – Holley Huker said the focus of the last week has been rebuilding her father’s business. 

“Slowly but surely, it’s just a process, you know, you find what’s the most important thing to deal with right now, and for us, that is getting up and running,” she said.

Last Wednesday’s tornado severely damaged Precision Roofing and Supply in Glenallen, and Huker estimated it will be at least six months before they are fully operational again. 

“I can’t exactly explain my feelings about it just because they’re so foreign to me, but as I was walking around that morning, the power that came through here is just crazy,” Huker said.

Businesses like this one could soon receive help. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson called upon the Small Business Administration to provide disaster assistance to Bollinger County. 

The county’s Emergency Management Director Kevin Cooper said he and the SBA reassessed dozens of homes just on Tuesday. 

“It was a late night but well worth the effort, and I am fairly confident that we will be able to help some of the citizens with a Small Business Administration loan, or SBA declaration,” he said.

“Oh, if there was some assistance out there, gosh that would be amazing,” Huker said.

The latest damage survey indicates that at least 37 homes and nine businesses in Bollinger County sustained major damage.

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