Neosho council declines more than $5M in disaster relief from 2017 flood

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NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho City Council declines more than $5.3 million in disaster relief funding through the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Council members unanimously decided to reject the funding at a special meeting on Tuesday, stating that the grant’s overall value would be “too few in the flood water areas to make a substantial impact.”

The City applied for the grant last fall after a series meetings with victims of the 2017 flooding.

The funding would have helped victims relocate to a more secure location by buying out their damaged property.

The council says they will instead, seek assistance from mitigation programs to provide the most long-term benefit to victims.

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