DOT releases $1M for Georgia flood relief

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The federal government on Monday, Sept. 28, made $1 million available immediately in emergency relief funds for Georgia to pay for urgent repairs to roads and bridges damaged by floods. The $1 million quick release will help Georgia address repairs that need immediate attention, pay for debris removal and initiate repair contracts.

“We are working with Georgia to restore its roads and get traffic moving again so people can return to their daily lives,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says. The Federal Highway Administration is in constant communication with the Georgia Department of Transportation and will continue to work with GDOT to coordinate relief efforts and evaluate the extent of road damage caused by the floods, LaHood says.

FHWA also continues to work with all other states affected by the flooding and provide the necessary assistance, LaHood says. FHWA’s emergency relief program provides funds to states for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events. The program typically works on a reimbursable basis.