Gayville, SD, Jul 11, 2012 -- Rural Development South Dakota State Director Elsie M. Meeks visited Gayville today to recognize Yankton-Clay Lateral Ditch #2 for being selected to receive a $148,000 Water and Waste Disposal loan to replace the 30-inch Vitrified Clay Pipe (VCP) drain line with new 30-inch reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) drain line. This drain line is the sole method of transporting storm runoff water in rural areas of Gayville.
“This project will prevent severe residential and commercial flooding in areas of Gayville,” said Meeks. “Strong and sustainable rural communities are built when infrastructure is maintained and Rural Development is pleased to be a part of this project.”
Rural Development funding for this project will be leveraged with an applicant contribution of $101,000. The primary need for this project is to replace the collapsed and worn out 30-inch pipe that runs through the town of Gayville. This drain line is the sole method for transporting the storm runoff water from the east to the west. The new drain line will be installed at the same grade elevation as the old drain line.
“The original drain pipe was laid under the town in the early 1930's. The need to replace that drain has been a top priority of the town for several years, so it is gratifying to see the funding in place and the green light to move forward with a project that will benefit the town as well and the surrounding area. Extremely wet weather the last few years has highlighted the need, and we are pleased to receive Rural Developments help with this project” said Gary Freeburg, President of the Yankton-Clay Lateral Ditch # 2.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.