NEWS: DRA provides emergency funding to support Perryville area in tornado recovery

July 17, 2017

Investment will provide relief for strained city budget

PERRYVILLE, MO – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is investing $22,000 to aid cleanup efforts in this Perry County community after a devastating tornado in February. DRA’s investment is being matched by a Community Development Block Grant.

The City of Perryville and Perry County suffered devastating damage from a tornado that cut a 15.2-mile path of destruction, which affected 180 properties and completely destroyed 60 homes.  The city and county partnered together in a massive cleanup effort, including $100,000 that is not covered by insurance.

"DRA representatives contacted us immediately after the event and wanted to understand our resources and needs," said Brent Buerck, city administrator for Perryville. "DRA’s quick action and willingness to support our local efforts helped close a financial gap for both the city and county.”

The City of Perryville has 8,225 residents in a county of about 20,000 residents. Budgets have been strained by costly cleanup efforts and the city asked DRA for financial assistance.

“City and county officials have formed a strong community partnership that demonstrates what can be accomplished when leadership, residents and businesses band together to recover from a devastating natural disaster,” DRA Chairman Chris Masingill said. “DRA is proud to contribute to this effort, and our agency will continue to support rural communities in economic recovery and resiliency efforts that improve the quality of life for residents.”

 

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, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged nearly $3.5 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 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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Media Contact:
Andrew Moreau
202-744-3558
amoreau@dra.gov