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Mississippi River hovers near record level in Clarksville

Downtown Clarksville is seen from this view looking east down Howard Street and across the Mississippi River into Illinois on Friday, May 31, 2019. The river is hovering near the 1993 flood record. Photo by Robert Cohen,

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Friday that $2 million is available for emergency repairs to flood-damaged roads and bridges in the northwest and southeast areas Missouri.

“These emergency funds will help repair Missouri’s roads and bridges damaged by the recent storms in April and May,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a statement.

The $2 million in funding is considered a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while the state continues damage assessments for long-term repairs.

The funding is in addition to the $2 million Missouri received in May, bringing the total to $4 million for Missouri for flooding events this year. The Missouri Department of Transportation estimates damages in excess of $30 million.