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U.S. Department of Transportation sends $2 million to Missouri for flood-damaged roads

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Residents of Craig, Mo., and Forest City, Mo., are frustrated over flooding.
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Residents of Craig, Mo., and Forest City, Mo., are frustrated over flooding.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will steer $2 million in emergency funding to repair roads and bridges damaged by floods in Missouri.

Flooding in March caused an estimated $10 million in damage and led to 215 road closures in 55 counties, the agency said. As of last week, 46 roads remained closed because of the flooding.

The initial $2 million is intended to restore essential traffic.

“These emergency funds will help Missouri repair roads and bridges that were heavily damaged as a result of severe storms in March,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

The state is still waiting on President Donald Trump to approve a federal emergency declaration to trigger disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and for Congress to pass a disaster aid package.

Gov. Mike Parson formally requested the declaration last month and the state’s entire congressional delegation has urged its approval.

The Missouri River continued to rise to near-record levels on Thursday forcing people to evacuate their homes. Some people in Craig, Mo., in Holt County got their first glimpse of the flooded town.

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Bryan Lowry covers Kansas and Missouri politics as Washington correspondent for The Kansas City Star. He previously served as Kansas statehouse correspondent for The Wichita Eagle and as The Star’s lead political reporter. Lowry contributed to The Star’s investigation into government secrecy that was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize.
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