Emerson Seeks Support for Federal Money to Improve Cape Floodwall

JULY 3, 2006 - Posted at 1:54 p.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Cape Girardeau's floodwall is due for some repair work, along with construction of a pedestrian walkway and floodgate, but the project awaits federal funding.

The project calls for additional expansion joints, a rock berm to strengthen the old retaining wall, an upgrade of electrical equipment and pumps, added height to some wall sections and repair work for the gates.

Because original construction in 1956 with exclusively high federal funds, repairs must also be funded through the federal government without a local match.

The House has already approved funding.  The Senate must pass a similar bill before a House and Senate conference irons out any differences.  The work could begin next year.

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