SPRINGFIELD, MO. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) applauded the awarding of several grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to aid in the ongoing recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. and elsewhere statewide. FEMA and DOT grants are obligated to the state and are then allotted to eligible sub-grantees by state officials.
“As we continue to recover from devastating tornadoes, flooding, and other storm-related damages from 2011, I’m pleased that FEMA and DOT have awarded these grants to assist Missouri’s state and local officials,” said Blunt.
“When a disaster surpasses the ability of states and communities to rebuild, I believe the federal government should prioritize spending to help the people whose lives and livelihoods are impacted,” Blunt continued. “These grants will go a long way in assisting Missourians.”
Items Of Note:
- FEMA awarded nearly $2 million to help complete repairs to the Joplin High School grounds.
- FEMA awarded more than $20 million to Mercy Health of Joplin to help rebuild the facility on another site.
- DOT awarded more than $18 million to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), $3 million of which is eligible specifically in Joplin, Mo for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands.
- The remaining $15 million grant awarded by DOT for MoDOT is available for statewide federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters.
- FEMA awarded almost $1.3 million to the Missouri National Guard to cover some of the costs incurred by the state for their deployment as a result of declared emergencies.
- FEMA awarded more than $1.3 million to Mississippi County for the repair and replacement of critical roadways that were destroyed as a result of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer’s decision to blow up the Mississippi levee last year to alleviate potentially more damaging floods.
- FEMA awarded more than $4.6 million to the City of Charleston to repair and replace sections of the sewer infrastructure that was damaged during the Mississippi River flooding last year.