MoDOT sends 50 employees to Florida for Irma assistance

Hurricane Irma aftermath (MGN Online)

Two state departments announced they are sending help to the Southeast for hurricane relief.

The Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Missouri State Parks are sending nearly 70 total employees to help clean up with Hurricane Irma aftermath.

A MoDOT release stated the agency was sending 50 employees and the Parks service was sending 18 workers. The crews left Tuesday morning from Sikeston, Missouri.

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 the Category-4 storm. 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, the release stated.

“I’m so proud of the outpouring of volunteers for this mission. However, I am not surprised,” MoDOT director Patrick McKenna said in a release. “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,” MoDNR director Carol S. Comer said in the release. “I wish the crew safe travels and can’t thank them enough for generously giving their time to those in need.”

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