Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in connection with the closing of the State Route A bridge over the Weldon Fork of the Thompson River in Grundy County. Severe storms and heavy rains on Sept. 21-22 have caused flooding and road closures in several areas of north central Missouri. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) closed the Route A bridge last week after high stream flows and the buildup of drift material resulted in the loss of one of the bridge piers.
"State Route A is an important link for travel in Grundy County, particularly in moving agricultural goods and other products," Gov. Nixon said. "This emergency declaration will assist MoDOT in its request for federal emergency relief funds to make the necessary repairs to, or possible replacement of, the Weldon Fork bridge, and re-open it for safe travel as quickly as possible."
The emergency declaration is necessary for approval of MoDOT's application for federal emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration. If the application is approved, MoDOT would be eligible for 100 percent of the needed funds for emergency repairs and 80 percent for permanent repairs.
The emergency declaration will remain in effect until the necessary repairs or a complete replacement has been made and the bridge is deemed safe to re-open for public travel.