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Recent flooding heavily damages roads

Carlin says it's a priority for the county to find a way to fix the roads so that farmers can get their equipment in Carlin says it's a priority for the county to find a way to fix the roads so that farmers can get their equipment in
"It's terrible," said Twan Robinson. "It's just hard to get around and it takes a long time." "It's terrible," said Twan Robinson. "It's just hard to get around and it takes a long time."
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

From holes in levees to holes in roads, now Mississippi County leaders say they're not dealing with only fixes for flood control, but also fixing streets, roads and bridges torn apart by flood waters.

"It's terrible," said Twan Robinson. "It's just hard to get around and it takes a long time."

"County road 310 is probably the worst, " said Commissioner Carlin Bennett. "We're not just dealing with 20 foot gaps here, we're dealing with ninety foot gaps that are as much as ten to twenty feet deep. We're trying to figure out how to fill that in."

Bennett says it's not just a problem for the spillway of Birds Point,. "Half the roads across the county were probably under water at one time," said Bennett.

Initial estimates put the price tag to repair the damage at seventy-five million dollars.

"It's probably slightly lower than that now," said Bennett. ‘Right now the people of Mississippi County are picking up the bill. We're hoping for help from FEMA but that hasn't happened yet."

Carlin says it's a priority for the county to find a way to fix the roads so that farmers can get their equiptment in, and workers can get to levees to fix those as well.

"This has to be done. When you're dealing with roads and bridges you have to do it whether there's money there or not. We have to find a way."

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