Federal government chips in $2 million to fix flood-damaged Missouri roads

Thursday, September 15, 2011 | 7:47 a.m. CDT; updated 10:28 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 15, 2011

WASHINGTON — The federal government is chipping in $2 million in emergency relief funding to help fix flood-damaged Missouri roads and bridges.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release Wednesday that the flooding has left Missouri residents with a huge cleanup job and a limited number of passable highways in some areas. The focus of the federal aid will be restoring essential routes.

The $2 million is just a portion of what is needed. The Missouri Department of Transportation estimates that overall damage to highways that get federal aid will top $11 million.

The emergency money will go to counties for the cost of repairs that were made to get traffic flowing after the floods.