Lewis County bridge closed due to damages from weeks of flooding

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With flood waters moving out of rivers and streams around the tri-states, local officials are just starting to assess the damages they left behind.

In Lewis County, Missouri abridge on county road 429 over the Wyaconda river is closed for the time being after MoDOT engineers said the flood waters damaged the bridge past the point of being safe.

Lewis County commissioners said it could be awhile before the damages to this bridge are fixed. Today they met with officials from FEMA to discuss the possibility of the county getting assistance with the repairs, but it’s hard to say if and when assistance might be available because there hasn’t been a disaster declaration from the Governor yet.

“We’re going to wait and see what FEMA says, if they’ll claim it as part of the on-going flooding and maybe help out to replace it and fix it, and we’ll just have to see what they say,” said Wayne Murphy Jr., Lewis County Presiding Commissioner.

They’re asking for residents in the area’s patience with dealing with the issue. MoDOT officials said it’s important in situations like these to follow closed road signs as crossing could be dangerous.

The bridge is technically part of the Canton special road district, however, bridges over 20 feet in the district still fall under the county’s duty to maintain.

Frank Healy

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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