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Missouri officials say flood damage to roads more than $29M

Missouri officials say flood damage to roads more than $29M

July 10th, 2019 by Associated Press in Missouri News

Ethan Livengood drives cautiously through the floodwaters May 22, 2019, at the Missouri 94/Route C intersection in Mokane, Mo.

Photo by Helen Wilbers /News Tribune.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri officials say widespread flooding has cost an estimated $29 million in damages to roads and bridges, and dozens of other sites haven't even been evaluated yet.

Missouri Department of Transportation records presented during a Wednesday commission meeting show the agency has spent more than $12 million on flood-related repairs since March.

The agency projects at least another $16.8 million in damages. But that only accounts for 83 sites that have been assessed for damage so far. Another 100 sites still need to be evaluated.

Tornadoes, storms and flooding have wreaked havoc on homes, farmland and infrastructure throughout the state this year.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency in March, and President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved the state's second federal disaster declaration of the year.

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