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

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In this aerial photo, homes are surrounded by floodwater, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in West Alton, Mo. A rare winter flood threatened nearly two dozen federal levees in Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday as rivers rose, prompting evacuations in several places. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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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