NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $75,000 to provide electricity to rural Bootheel community

March 28, 2018

City of Malden to re-establish electricity to residents, businesses

MISSOURI BOOTHEEL – The Delta Regional Authority is providing $75,000 to help the City of Malden restore electricity after a Feb. 24 tornado ripped through the area, damaging 66 homes and injuring four.

“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 the entire area has come together in the wake of the tornado to rebuild, clearly demonstrating a resilient community spirit.”

Malden residents and businesses are now receiving temporary electric service. DRA’s investment will support city efforts to straighten power poles and connect all lines so that electricity can be restored to the area. The city will operate on back-up generators during the construction process, which is projected to begin soon. DRA funding will help with purchase of the generators and the full restoration of electricity.   

“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 Gov. Eric 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.”

The investment is being made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects.

“We appreciate funding from DRA and the 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.

Missouri’s congressional delegation issued statements welcoming the investment:

Sen. Roy Blunt: “Restoring Malden’s electrical grid is an important step toward fully rebuilding the essential infrastructure that was destroyed by severe weather. Temporary electric service is making life difficult for families and hurting businesses that drive the local economy. I’m glad this DRA investment will provide Malden the resources it needs to continue recovery efforts, and I’ll continue supporting the important work the DRA does to strengthen communities throughout southeast Missouri.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill: “This investment will be a huge help in the continued recovery efforts in Malden. Restoring electricity to those families and businesses is critical—and I’m glad to see so many in the community come together in support of one another in this time of need.”

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith: “I was in Malden days after the tornado hit, and from the very start it was apparent that whatever funds we could assist in securing were going to be needed to help bring this community back to where it was. I was impressed with the community leaders and citizens’ immediate response to clear debris and begin recovery efforts. Joining them in their work to secure the grant today from DRA is exactly why Congress created the Delta Regional Authority and why I have continued to work closely with and supported securing resources for Missouri's 8th Congressional District. Having power restored to the area is going to be a huge help as they rebuild. I’m so glad to see the DRA supporting Malden, helping the community recover and making sure people get back on their feet.”

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged more than $3.7 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, and infrastructure development projects. These investments have helped create or retain more than 37,000 jobs, trained more than 3,700 workers for 21st Century jobs and provided water and sewer service to more than 66,000 residents since DRA was established. Learn more at dra.gov.

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Andrew Moreau

202-744-3558

amoreau@dra.gov