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FOLLOW-UP: Million Dollar Damage on Flooded Roads in Pulaski County

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- It will cost more than $1 million to fix all the damage to Pulaski County roads caused by the major flooding there last week.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- It will cost more than $1 million to fix all the damage to Pulaski County roads caused by the major flooding there last week. 

The record flooding from the Roubideaux, Gasconade and Little Piney washed away roads and knocked out bridges. 
Now the county is working to figure out how to foot the bill.

The flooding dealt a huge blow to pulaski counties roads and bridges. The first step is just to try and make them driveable before they make full repairs. 

There are issues Pulaski County drivers like Lindsey Terry say are hard to miss, like the bride on T Highway.

"You could only see half of the bridge and water was just everywhere," she says. "This flood just destroyed it."

Some washed away roads are shut down forcing drivers in other directions and holding up the progress of recovery. Sixty-five percent of the roads in the county sustained major damage. 

"It's down to the bedrock," says Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk. "This whole bottom just basically turned into a river, a roaring river."

Just one section of Lafayette Road will cost about $30,000 to fix and with hundreds of miles of road, the cost is adding up for the county. 

"This is just one of probably about 28 areas like this," says Newkirk. "So we've got about $750,000 just in little short areas where we've got low water crossings. It will probably reach a million, million and a half before we're done."

Roads residents say they and military personnel rely on.

You can't tell your command, 'oh sorry, I can't be here today because the road is junk.' They have to be there."

Overall, 90 percent of the roads in Pulaski County sustained damage.

Newkirk says they will make an appeal to get federal money to repair the roads. He also says they'll have to put off buying a equipment and some other planned projects to repair the repairs. 
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