Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that $685,694 in funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is being made available to the City of De Soto to help repair and improve its wastewater collection system. The city's sewer system was damaged in flash flooding last spring.
"Last April, in a matter of about 30 minutes, this community was hit by a devastating and deadly flash flood. In that half hour, streets became rivers and homes were inundated with water, mud and debris," Gov. Nixon said. "Today, I am pleased to be back here in Jefferson County to announce the next step in our continued commitment to helping this community move forward. This strategic investment in this important infrastructure system will help protect area families and local businesses from future flash flooding events, and pay dividends for this community for many years to come."
The CDBG funds will be used to assist in the repair and construction of more than 22,000 linear feet of wastewater collection lines to resolve significant capacity problems that lead to flooding during heavy rains. The CDBG program, administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides grants and loan funds to cities with populations under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 to assist in a variety of public works and economic development projects.
After the April flooding, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted Gov. Nixon's request to make low-interest loans available to residents and business owners in Jefferson County to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed.