MALDEN, MO (KFVS) - Malden, Missouri will receive more than $150,000 to help recover from a tornado that swept through the area in February.
The announcement was made on March 28 by Governor Eric Greitens, in partnership with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).
"When a tornado struck Southeast Missouri, we told the rest of the state about a resilient community that remained unbroken in the face of danger and damage," said Governor Greitens. "We wanted you to know that we're still with you, helping to rebuild and repair what you've lost. We want the state to know that the people of Malden are tough, and we know they'll rebuild and rise up twice as strong."
Funding in the amount of $75,000 will be used to help the city rebuild the municipal electric system including electric poles and cables, labor, equipment and to purchase a backup generator as approved by the DRA.
According to the Governor's office, the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission worked with the city to submit an Emergency Community Development Block Grant application through which the Missouri Department of Economic Development approved $79,250. This funding will help with debris removal and the initial electrical line repair.
"This investment aligns with DRA's primary goal of investing in infrastructure that supports growth in Delta communities and demonstrates our agency's ability to act quickly to help communities when they need it most," said Peter Kinder, alternate federal co-chairman of DRA. "The City of Malden and entire area has come together in the wake of the tornado to rebuild, clearly demonstrating a resilient community spirit."
"We appreciate funding from DRA and state, who understood how important it is for us to take care of our community first in our recovery efforts," Malden Mayor Denton Kooyman said.