Gov. Nixon Announces $1.2 Million For Damaged Levees
COLUMBIA --Governor Jay Nixon and other state officials made a stop at the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association Meeting Saturday afternoon.
Governor announced $1,286,117 million will be used for community development block grants to six local districts along the Missouri River to rebuild levees, roads, and drainage systems that were damaged last year. The districts are located in Atchison and Holt counties.
U.S. Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer and Vicky Hartzler, Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill spoke about working on policies with Missourians that will help the state repair the damage. Many people were concerned about the intentional breaching of the Bird's Point Levee in southeast Missouri which lowered the Mississippi River level, but flooded about 130 thousand acres of Missouri farmland last year.
Gov. Nixon said he believes preparation, emergency assistance, rebuilding, and policy are the key things that are important for handling natural disasters.
"We are one. We are all on the same side to make sure that we're prepared, that we work together when there are emergencies, that we rebuild anything that is damaged. And that while we're working on that we be organized with each other to make sure we do everything within our power to make sure we implement policies that can lessen the chances that those things never happen again," Gov. Nixon said.
He thanked Missouri residents for going the extra mile to help others when natural disasters hit last year, especially during the snow storm, the tornado in Joplin and the flooding around the state.