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Federal assistance for sinkholes in the works

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Cape Girardeau qualifies for federal money but whether they get it still remains to be seen. Cape Girardeau qualifies for federal money but whether they get it still remains to be seen.
Creek flooding and a Mississippi river that's been going up and down like a yo-yo plays havoc with an already existing sinkhole problem in south Cape Girardeau. Creek flooding and a Mississippi river that's been going up and down like a yo-yo plays havoc with an already existing sinkhole problem in south Cape Girardeau.
Cape Girardeau County is among many Missouri counties that qualified for federal money after an emergency declaration was approved. Cape Girardeau County is among many Missouri counties that qualified for federal money after an emergency declaration was approved.
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Creek flooding and a Mississippi river that's been going up and down like a yo-yo plays havoc with an already existing sinkhole problem in south Cape Girardeau.

Cape Girardeau qualifies for federal money but whether they get it still remains to be seen.

"In the past seven years, we've seen about 40 sinkholes or so," said Public Works Director Tim Gramling.

Cape Girardeau County is among many Missouri counties that qualified for federal money after an emergency declaration was approved.

The flooding combined with the fluctuating Mississippi has brought the sinkholes back into the pictures.

Gramling said these things are hard to plan for so any assistance helps.

"We have to fix it one way or another so anytime we can qualify for an additional funding source, it helps," Gramling said. "If we don't have to take it out of our own budget, it helps us that much more. Our budgets are already tight and you can't plan for these type of things."

Gramling said FEMA officials still need to come out and inspect everything the projects.

While they are in town, FEMA officials can look at current projects that need to be fixed along with already completed projects, something that the city may also be reimbursed for as well.

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