The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $1.5 million in quick release emergency funds immediately available to the Minnesota Department of Transportation to begin repairs to roads and bridges damaged by floods. “Minnesota is struggling to recover from recent flood damage,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Emergency relief will help restore vital transportation links so people can regain a sense of normalcy.”
Rainfall from Sept. 22-24 resulted in catastrophic flooding and substantial damage to roads and bridges in a wide area in southern Minnesota. The Minnesota DOT will use quick release funds to expedite emergency repairs before winter maintenance operations become necessary. Overall damage to federal-aid highways for this event is estimated to exceed $8.5 million.
Quick release emergency funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration will be used to reimburse counties for the cost of repairs that were done in order to resume essential traffic flow immediately after the flooding and prevent further damage. FHWA’s emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.
“This emergency money will address immediate transportation needs to help get communities back up and running again,” says FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez.