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Sandbags help form a barrier between the town of Craig, Missouri, and the Missouri River,

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri's top Senate budgeter wants to set aside $8 million for flood recovery and prevention next year.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, on Wednesday proposed putting the extra money in next year's budget to help after flooding ravaged the state this year. The new fiscal year begins in July.

The Missouri River breached numerous levees last month, mostly in northwest Missouri. Hundreds of homes were inundated.

The $8 million would pay for repairs and flood mitigation, including flood walls.

Hegeman also wants $5 million for any needed road and bridge repairs related to flooding.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson also has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help assess flood damage in seven counties. That will help Parson later request federal disaster assistance.