NEW MADRID - It was -- and still is -- a waiting game.
New Madrid County officials watched and waited as the water inundated the county. Then waited some more as the waters began to recede.
Now, the wait is to learn how much assistance will be received.
According to New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens, New Madrid County public officials met last month with federal officials to establish estimates on the amount of public assistance needed to recover from May's flooding. The preliminary damage assessment put losses at approximately $3 million for the county government and municipalities.
Much of the damage for New Madrid County was to its roads, bridges and ditches, Cravens said. The water swept away gravel from miles of rural roads and in some cases ate away at the roadbeds. At least one bridge was moved from its piling by the turbulent waters, he said.
"We know we are going to have a lot of road repair - primarily gravel. There will be lots of hauling and grading. It will take a lot of man-hours to get the roads back in shape, the bridges back in shape," said Cravens.
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