Government shutdown costs South Pittsburg $410,000 in federal flood aid
The federal government shutdown has cost South Pittsburg $410,000 for flood prevention repair work.
The National Conservation Resource Service awarded the money last month after Marion County agreed to lend the city $102,000 needed to match the grant.
Overnight on July 10 and 11, heavy rains caused a fast-moving mudslide from South Pittsburg Mountain to tear through town, blasting through homes and businesses and leaving behind a layer of mud and tons of stone that business owners and residents spent weeks clearing away.
Besides downtown residents and businesses, major employers Lodge Manufacturing and Royal Remanufacturing Inc. sustained significant damage, and officials are worried about future flooding.
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