Proposed Missouri budget includes $8M for recovery


In this April 5, 2019, photo, a playground is submerged in floodwaters in Clarksville, Mo. Clarksville is recovering from its seventh major flood in a decade. Once again, a wall made of sandbags and rocks was hurriedly built to protect the quaint downtown, but with potentially worse flooding still to come this spring, Clarksville could […]

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s top Senate budgeter wants to set aside $8 million for flood recovery and prevention next year.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Hegeman on Wednesday proposed putting the extra money in next year’s budget to help after flooding ravaged the state this year. The new fiscal year begins in July.

The Missouri River breached numerous levees last month, mostly in northwest Missouri. Hundreds of homes were inundated.

The $8 million would pay for repairs and flood mitigation, including flood walls.

Hegeman also wants $5 million for any needed road and bridge repairs related to flooding.

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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