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Help is on the way for E.S.R.D.

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:34 am

E.S.R.D. Commissioner Joel Conderman

E.S.R.D. Commissioner Joel Conderman

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Missouri in order to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred between May 15 and July 27.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barry, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Douglas, Gentry, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, McDonald, Macon, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Ozark, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Platte, Polk, Putnam, Ralls, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Washington, Webster, Worth, and Wright counties.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Michael L. Parker has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

Parker said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

This news was a major topic of discussion at the Aug. 10 meeting of the Elsberry Special Road District [E.S.R.D.].

“The road district has taken a pretty good beating,” said E.S.R.D. Commissioner Joel Conderman. “It would be a nice shot in the arm to get our money back.”

Conderman and his fellow commissioners spent a great deal of time reviewing all of the things that could be done within the district if they are actually reimbursed for some of this summer’s expenses.

Conderman shared his desire to use some of the money on repairs to Old Hwy. 79.

He also stated that Fox Run Road would need to be chip and sealed again.

E.S.R.D. Supervisor Brendan O’Brien told the commissioners that he would like to put out bids for the work that is still needed on the retaining walls that are on Deer Run Road.

“We’ve got several places throughout the district,” said E.S.R.D. Presiding Commissioner Larry Wheeler.

Conderman asked O’Brien to prepare estimates that could then be given to FEMA during some of the upcoming meetings that they will be having with the district.

Wheeler added that those estimates should not only be broken down by the road, but also by the foot and that pictures should be taken of all roads, bridges, etc. that are being considered in the estimates.