Gov. Jay Nixon announces a $4 million grant will enable the city of Joplin to complete the job of demolishing and removing tornado debris.


Gov. Jay Nixon announces a $4 million grant will enable the city of Joplin to complete the job of demolishing and removing tornado debris.

Fewer than half of the demolition projects would be eligible for FEMA reimbursement, and none of the 1,300 removal projects are eligible, posing significant costs for the city to finish the job.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Missouri Department of Economic Development provides funding of up to $4 million to help with this remaining work, said Gov. Nixon.

The CDBG funding for demolition and debris removal is part of the ongoing efforts by the state to help with the recovery and rebuilding process in the Joplin area.

In June, Gov. Nixon said he was making available $75 million in additional state resources to help businesses impacted by the tornado recover. In July, the Governor announced the $122 million Jumpstart Joplin initiative to address the pressing need for housing.