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Palmyra approved FEMA funds to repair water pumps broken in 2019 flood

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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -- City officials in Palmyra, Missouri, said they are still addressing issues with their water pumps caused by flooding back in 2019.

Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham said four wells in the "Mark Bottoms" help provide water to the city. He said two not haven't been operable since the 2019 flood.

However they've now been approved FEMA funding to repair the broken wells and lift them to the 500 year flood level.

Mayor Graham said while the two working pumps provide water for the city just fine right now, having these back-up pumps are important.

"During the flood we were down to one well, that was operable at the time. So, out of four we were down to one and so by having four we just have some redundancy, you know we have something goes wrong with one or two of them we still can still can provide water to our citizens," said Graham.

Mayor Graham said the FEMA funds will pay for almost $500,000, and the city will be responsible for an additional $290,000.

They hope to have work begin in March and be done by the end of August.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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