Missouri lawmaker wants $5M for flood-related construction

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s top Senate budgeter wants to set aside $5 million for any needed road and bridge repairs related to flooding.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Hegeman on Tuesday proposed putting the money in next year’s budget. The next fiscal year begins in July.

Flooding has ravaged the state this year, and the Missouri River breached numerous levees last month, mostly in northwest Missouri. Hundreds of homes were inundated.

Hegeman says at least one bridge will need to be fixed.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson also has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help assess flood damage in seven counties. That will help Parson later request federal disaster assistance.

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