(CAMERON, Mo.) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited Cameron Friday morning.
The governor, joined by other local and state officials, spoke at Cameron City Hall about drought conditions and low water supplies in Cameron and Caldwell county.
Governor Parson mentioned that his own farm had to feed hay for the first time in the month of August.
"Two weeks ago I fed hay down there for the first time in my entire life time because of the drought situation down there so it's kind of tough," Parson said. "I know up here you guys have been hit hard with that. And some of the reasons we are here today is because of those factors."
The governor announced two grants totalling $77,000 in state funding. The Department of Natural Resources awarded $50,000 to the city of Cameron and $27,380 to Caldwell County Public Water Supply District Number 2.
The money for Cameron is going towards the construction of an emergency water pipeline that will take water from Pony Express Lake to Grindstone Reservoir, the city's primary water source.
The total project cost is $484,526.
As of August 20, the city's reservoir was at 38 percent capacity, leaving just 167 days left of water.
“Needless to say, that becomes a serious situation real quick," Parson added. "Because we all know, those who have been around a little while, 167 days will go by in the blink of an eye, if you are not careful.”
Work is expected to be completed on the pipeline by September 1.
Parson also visited Buffalo Bill Lake where he spoke with area farmers about water concerns.
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