MoDOT assessing cost of flood damage - KMOV.com

MoDOT assessing cost of flood damage

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – MoDOT is beginning to assess the damage caused by the historic flooding, but final results will take some time.

“You’ve seen the videos of the houses floating down and hitting the bottom of bridges. We have to inspect all those bridges and make sure it didn’t damage them and make sure they are safe,” said Greg Horn who works with MoDOT. “This will be in the millions. Compared to snow, we usually spend about $50 million a year on snow. This will be less than that because it’s been a week or so.”

Crews are working around the clock to reopen interstates and roadways, adding manpower and future costs to the bill. Not only that, but winter weather is still expected at some point.

“This will take a chunk out of our funds and what we spend on this,” Horn said. “We will not be able to spend on our road and bridge program.”

MoDOT says they were as prepared as they could be for the unprecedented flooding. The total cost of damage to homes and buildings is yet to be determined. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger pledged $500,000 to businesses affected by the flooding.

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