Nearly a year after floods ravaged part of Pacific and its infrastructure, help may be on the way.
On Tuesday, Gov. Eric Greitens announced plans to administer more than $100 million to disaster-impacted communities across the state.
“Recovery is a long-term process, and we want communities across the state of Missouri to know that we are with you every step of the way. We’ve got your back,” Greitens said. “We want to thank everyone who worked to get this funding into the hands of people that need it.”
Funding for the projects will come from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) awarded to the state this week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The new funding was appropriated as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, and was a major priority for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
In all, Pacific will be the recipient of $872,390 CDBG funds.
Funds for repairs at the wastewater treatment facility will total $215,481. These CDBG funds are needed for the 15 percent local match required by FEMA.
An additional $656,909 will be used for a buyout and demolition of 31 residential properties.
These CDBG funds will be used as the local match required by FEMA for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Another $41.59 million was awarded statewide to mitigate the impact of future disasters through the buyout of structures that experience repetitive flooding and the construction of berms and levees.
Overall, the state of Missouri will receive $58.5 million for critical unmet needs essential to long-term recovery, such as moving damaged water and wastewater facilities out of the flood plain, downtown revitalization or road and bridge repair.
Over the coming months, the governor will work with Missouri’s congressional delegation and state legislators to identify additional projects in communities across the 102 counties in Missouri that have been impacted by disaster declarations since 2015.