‘Operation Recovery’ to clear 500,000 tons of flood debris from St. Louis area

Recent historic flooding in the St. Louis region has receded, leaving an estimated 500,000 tons of debris in its wake. Now, the National Guard is sending in crews to help organize the cleanup effort.

In a press conference Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon outlined “Operation Recovery,” a cleanup that will be coordinated by the National Guard, with Lieutenant Colonel Grace Link, a civil engineer, leading the effort.  Contracted trucks will help clear debris in flood-damaged areas throughout the St. Louis region, Nixon said.

The guard is working with local communities and the Corps of Engineers to develop a schedule for pickup. Contractors will begin pickup next week and will make multiple passes in affected communities,” Nixon said.

On Wednesday, Nixon also signed an executive order to waive some environmental regulations to dispose of the waste more quickly.

State and local government agencies are also assessing the damage to infrastructure caused by that flooding. The Governor’s office says the worst was in the St. Louis region where flooding on the Meramec, Bourbeuse, and Mississippi Rivers impacted about 7,100 structures in four counties.

Read more from Missourinet and St. Louis Public Radio


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