Gov. Jay Nixon today announced $1,286,117 in community development block grants (CDBG) to six levee, drainage and road districts along the Missouri River to assist with costs associated with repairing and rebuilding levees, drainage ditches, and roads damaged by last year's floods. The districts are located in Atchison and Holt counties.
"Throughout the summer, communities in northwest Missouri saw their levees, roads and infrastructure damaged by historic flooding," said Gov. Nixon. "Today, I'm pleased to announce that my administration is making more than $1.2 million available to help local communities meet their share of the costs associated with efforts to repair and rebuild these levees, roads and drainage systems. This funding will ensure that we are continuing to keep our commitment to provide the resources to rebuild."
The levee, drainage and road districts to receive the funding include:
The Atchison County Special Road District, operated by the Atchison County Commission, saw several of its roadways washed out and damaged, making them impassable and local properties inaccessible. Repairs will include the installation of many cubic yards of fill and rock base and grading of the road. This district will receive a community development block grant of $77,000.
The Phelps City Special Road District, located west of Rockport in Atchison County, encompasses Avenue C which was damaged by flooding and made agricultural land along the road inaccessible. Repairs will include the installation of many cubic yards of fill and rock base and grading of the road. This project also will decrease the risk of flooding to roads, utilities and thousands of acres of farmland. This district will receive a community development block grant of $361,549.
The North Nishnabotna Drainage District is located in northern Atchison County, west of Watson. Many of its drainage ditches have sediment and debris blocking the drainage system, which must be removed to protect the City of Watson's roads, homes, utilities and several thousand acres of surrounding agricultural land. This district will receive a community development block grant of $137,112.
The Phelps City Dyke & Drainage District is located west of Rockport and can no longer properly function due to silt deposits from flooding. Removing these deposits is critical to preventing future flooding of homes, businesses and 11,000 acres of farmland. This district will receive a community development block grant of $74,237.
Holt County Levee District #9 is located in the south central portion of Holt County. Levee District #9 maintains a Missouri River mainline levee which is the first line of defense of the south central portion of the county. This levee protects thousands of acres of highly productive farmland and also protects the towns of Fortescue and Forest City. Fortescue was completely cut off as a result of this levee failure. This levee system incurred several breaches. There was also extensive erosion and scouring in the sections of this levee system that did not breach. The failure of this levee system allowed floodwater to flow behind many other levees which contributed to a cascade of levee failures within Holt County. This district will receive a community development block grant of $221,312.
The Canon Drainage District is located in southern Holt County and directly protects thousands of acres of valuable farm land and helps protect the cities of Fortescue and Forest City. Within Forest City is located the water treatment facility for Forest City and Oregon. Also located in Forest City are the Cargill grain elevator and the Burlington Northern Railroad Line. The Canon Drainage District was breached in several different locations during the flooding of 2011. Where the levee was not breached it was overtopped and suffered extensive erosion damage. The failure of the levee directly affected the economic output of Holt County as valuable farmland was inundated. This district will receive a community development block grant of $414,907.
During the application period from Oct. 4 to Dec. 15, 11 levee districts applied for community development block grants to cover either the 20 percent local cost share required under the Army Corps of Engineers' maintenance program, or for the entire cost if the levee district is not part of the Corps' system. One of the districts withdrew its request because it was able to get full funding.
On Jan. 6, Gov. Nixon announced funding for seven levee districts, for a total CDBG award of $3.3 million. Of the remaining three levee applications, Holt County Levee District #9 and The Canon Drainage District were announced today. The remaining levee application is still pending approval, but is expected to be awarded the requested funds after the approval process is complete.
Today's announcement also adds two drainage districts and two roads districts to the list of CDBG awardees.