March 31, 2011

Scotland County, Northeast Missouri Awarded CDBG Grants for Flood Cleanup, Disaster Mitigation

The federal government will be pumping nearly three quarters of a million dollars into northeast Missouri through the Community Development Block Grant program to help fund flooding clean up and future disaster mitigation.

On March 15th, Senator Brian Munzlinger announced CDBG funding had been approved for four grant recipients in his 18th senatorial district.

"This is a great example of something the state does right," Sen. Munzlinger said. "CDBG money helps our communities make improvements that benefit thousands of Missourians, and this funding will help some great rural Missouri towns."

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has awarded CDBGs to four areas:

La Grange, which will receive $296,105 to assist in the acquisition and demolition of flood damaged properties;

Hannibal, which will receive $181,400 for the same purpose;

Audrain County, on behalf of the Mark Twain Regional Council, which will use $117,020 for long-term disaster planning within the region; and

Scotland County, on behalf of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission, which will utilize $97,740 for the same planning.

"These are communities that are thinking ahead," Sen. Munzlinger said. "We have seen our fair share of flooding along the Mississippi River in northeast Missouri. Hannibal and La Grange are working to improve the lives of their citizens and keep future flood damage at a minimum. Scotland and Audrain counties are also looking at the big picture to make sure they are ready for any potential disaster. I applaud the state for issuing these CDBGs to very deserving areas of our state."

NEMO RPC/RDC executive director David Davison stated the CDBG for his office will facilitate numerous planning activities in the communities that lie within the Northeast Missouri Region.

Specifically, the project will serve Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Schuyler and Scotland Counties and the 33 municipalities therein. Scotland County will serve as the financial administrator for the grant.

Davison indicated the proposed planning activities requested will include planning for land utilization in high hazard areas as well as localized mapping as it relates to communities and modified flood zones and decertified levees. The funding will also allow the involved entities to identify, map and create mitigation planning for critical infrastructure.

"The outcomes of these planning activities will be utilized by the NEMO RPC to assist communities in seeking mitigation assistance, complying with federal, state and local regulations, managing future land utilization and coordinating public investments for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response," Davison said.

The funding can also be used by the RPC to provide educational and technical training to assist member communities in the decision making process to prevent future development in high hazard areas.

"Ideally, this project will alleviate future losses through public education, local elected official training, coordinated mitigation activities and implementation of local development practices that help protect lives and property for the residents of these communities," Davison stated.

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