Joplin tornado/Missouri River Flooding
3:58 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Missouri gets $16.5M for temp Mo. River, Joplin cleanup jobs

Missouri will receive a $16.5 million federal grant to fund temporary jobs aimed at helping with large-scale recovery efforts from the 2011 Joplin tornado and from flooding around the state last year.

The U.S. Department of Labor said in a release Tuesday that the $16.5 million grant is from the National Emergency Grant program.

The money is intended to pay for about 2,200 temporary jobs needed to continue cleaning up from the deadly Joplin tornado and from flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries from April through early June last year.

The Labor Department said the grant will go to the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, and will bring the total amount given to the state in similar federal grants for last year's disasters to about $36 million.