The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, May 24, made $1 million in quick release emergency funds immediately available to the Minnesota Department of Transportation to continue repairing roads and bridges damaged by floods as a result of this spring’s snowmelt.
Quick release emergency funds provided by DOT’s Federal Highway Administration will be used to reimburse the state and counties for the cost of repairs. FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez says the program is bracing for additional funding requests from states across the country this year that have been battered by extreme weather events.
“Minnesotans, like many across the country this year, have had much to deal with because of flooding,” Mendez says. “These funds will help provide assistance as they continue clean-up efforts.”
Widespread flooding in more than 40 counties and tribal nations near the Mississippi, Minnesota and Red Rivers occurred when a snowpack with the highest water content in 60 years melted. MnDOT will use the quick release funds to continue repairs on roads and bridges that were damaged by erosion and seepage.
“Minnesota is still grappling with the ravages of recent flood damage,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This emergency relief money will help restore roads and bridges to good condition so people can travel safely.”