Missouri crews head to Florida to help with Irma clean up

Photo courtesy of MODOT

Missouri Department of Transportation employees from throughout the state are heading to Florida to help with clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The State of Florida requested assistance from other states over the weekend.

More than 50 MoDOT employees and 18 Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Missouri State Parks employees are on their way and are preparted to stay for up to two weeks.

Missouri crews took a variety of equipment with them such as loaders, backhoes, chainsaws, etc. to use for debris removal from roadways.

They deployed from Sikeston, Missouri Tuesday morning and are heading to Tallahassee, Florida.

In addition, the Missouri State Parks teams will work in some of Florida’s state parks, cleaning up fallen trees and other debris left by Irma.

According to preliminary reports, 168 of the state’s 174 state parks have been closed due to storm damage. Two Missouri State Park Rangers will provide asset security during the deployment.

“I’m so proud of the outpouring of volunteers for this mission. However, I am not surprised,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “We have great employees who continue to step up and show true dedication to serving others.”
“Our Missouri State Park staff are trained to handle natural disasters cleanups and were quick to volunteer and help in any way they could,” said MoDNR Director Carol S. Comer. “I wish the crew safe travels and can’t thank them enough for generously giving their time to those in need.”

As the remnants of the hurricane continue to move into other states, Missouri will stay at the ready to assist with other emergency requests as needed.

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