WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Officials in south-central Missouri's Pulaski County say at least 90 percent of their roads were damaged by last week's heavy flooding.
Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk tells KOLR-TV the damage to 65 percent of the roadways in the county is considered major. About two dozen low-water crossings were washed out and remain closed.
Pulaski County was among the hardest hit by floods that swamped much of southern Missouri amid several days of rain. A 23-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son died when their car was caught in a flash flood in Waynesville.
The Red Cross and other agencies opened a one-stop relief center Tuesday in Waynesville for homeowners and others needing help with flood-related losses. The Red Cross says more than 200 families had registered for assistance by Wednesday afternoon.
The long holiday weekend was deadly on Missouri's roadways.
From July 3 through Sunday, July 8, 17 people were killed in traffic accidents across Missouri--that includes a crash in St. Louis city that left three people dead. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers worked over 350 accidents and performed nearly 200 arrests fro driving while intoxicated.
Both of those numbers represent large jumps over last year, but there is no fair comparison.Last year's holiday weekend counting period spanned just 30 hours, while this year's included parts of five days.
Three people drowned on Missouri's waterways, but none died as the result of a boating accident.