- Associated Press - Friday, September 27, 2019

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The rural community of Clarksville has won a nearly $700,000 federal grant to design a movable flood wall that could protect the northeast Missouri town from the Mississippi River.

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves said Friday that the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration will award $695,310 for an engineering analysis for the movable wall. Clarksville will chip in an additional $14,190 for the study.

Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said the grant is “another baby step” toward finally obtaining the long-sought flood wall. The town of about 450 people has faced flooding in all but one of the past 20 years.

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The Missouri budget includes $2 million for a Clarksville flood wall, but the total project is estimated at $4.5 million.

Smiley said she hopes to apply for additional federal funds.

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