Graves Applauds Disaster Relief Grant for Clarksville Flood Wall

Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $695,310 in disaster relief funding to the City of Clarksville to complete an engineering analysis to design and implement a removable flood wall to better protect the city from Mississippi River flooding. The grant, to be matched with $14,190 in local funds, is expected to help generate $2.5 million in private investment.

Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) applauded the announcement.

“Clarksville was inundated once again this year by floodwaters. A removable flood wall will greatly help the community defend themselves against regular flooding, protecting homes and businesses and increasing the economic viability of this historic town. I’m thrilled they have received this grant which gets them one step closer to securing the flood protection necessary to thrive,” said Graves.

“Thanks to the Trump Administration for seeing the need of this community and I commend Mayor Jo Anne Smiley, the City of Clarksville, Pike County and the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments for pursuing and receiving this important grant.”

Background:

These projects are funded under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (PL 115-123) (PDF), in which Congress appropriated to EDA $600 million in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program (PDF) funds for disaster relief and recovery as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, wildfires, and other calendar year 2017 natural disasters under the Stafford Act.

 

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