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LaHood: Nearly $1.6 billion available for damaged roads, bridges

Posted By Tina Grady Barbaccia On January 9, 2012 @ 11:13 am In Aggbeat Online | No Comments

Nearly $1.6 billion is being made available to states and territories across the United States to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Jan. 9.

“Communities from coast to coast are still recovering from disasters that have affected the roads they use, their homes and businesses,” LaHood said in a written press statement. “The Obama Administration stands ready to provide emergency relief and reimburse these communities for the work that has been done to restore their critical transportation needs.”

Funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Emergency Relief Program was provided by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2012. The FHWA will provide a total of $1.58 billion to 30 states, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and federal land management agencies to reimburse them for repairs to roads and bridges caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes, and other natural and catastrophic disasters.

“States and communities can rely on the federal government during these critical times,” said FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez in a press release. “When disaster strikes, the Department will do all it can to provide help to the affected areas.”

Vermont, hard hit by Hurricane Irene, will receive $125.6 million; North Dakota will receive $89.1 million for the Devils Lake Basin for damage caused by Spring 2011 runoff; and Iowa will receive $37.5 million to repair damage caused by the May 2011 Missouri River flooding. A complete list of states and funding amounts is listed below.

This money will reimburse states for fixing or replacing highways, bridges and other roadway structures. Costs associated with detours, debris removal, and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow in impacted areas are also eligible for reimbursement.

2012 Allocations [1]

State

Event

Proposed
Allocation

Grants to States and Territories

Alabama

April 27, 2011 Severe Storms and Tornadoes

$16,603,990

American Samoa

September 29, 2009 Tsunami

$10,770,156

Arkansas

April 2011 Severe Storms and Flooding

$9,182,355

California

Devil’s Slide

$182,027,295

December 2004 Storm

$44,566,681

December 2005 Storm

$99,825,155

Connecticut

August 27, 2011 Hurricane Irene

$11,553,691

October 29, 2011 Storm Alfred

$40,000,000

Illinois

April 19, 2011 Heavy Rains and Flooding

$2,961,793

July 27, 2011 High Winds and Rainfall

$4,756,819

Indiana

April 2011 Severe Storms and Flooding

$2,824,441

Iowa

May 2011 Missouri River Flooding

$37,479,818

Kentucky

April 2011 Storms and Flooding

$4,577,316

Louisiana

August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina

$8,700,000

Maine

August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene

$2,970,319

Maryland

September 7, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee

$7,661,774

Massachusetts

June 1, 2011 Severe Thunderstorms and Tornado

$4,002,908

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

$40,747,088

Missouri

April – May 2011 Tornado and Flooding

$3,040,708

June 2011 Missouri River Flooding

$15,167,969

Montana

Spring 2011 Flooding

$22,461,618

Nebraska

May 2011 Platt and Missouri River Flooding

$4,664,711

New Hampshire

August 30, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene

$1,159,547

New Jersey

August 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

$64,695,620

August 2011 Flooding

$24,490,436

New York

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

$67,313,472

September 7, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee

$22,437,824

North Carolina

August 27, 2011 Hurricane Irene

$23,017,271

North Dakota

Spring 2011 Runoff, Devils Lake Basin

$89,078,161

Spring 2011 Runoff, Statewide

$88,001,145

Spring 2011 Runoff in the West James River Basin

$50,529,980

Spring 2011 Flooding in the Sheyenne/James River Basin

$9,477,737

Spring 2011 Flooding in the Southern Mouse River Basin

$39,032,839

Ohio

March 2011 Jefferson County Landslides

$40,926,591

March – May 2011 Severe Rainfall

$89,751,296

Oregon

January 2011 Flooding

$15,257,720

Pennsylvania

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

$704,261

September 7, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee

$39,903,558

Puerto Rico

October 2010 Tropical Storm Otto

$7,366,273

August 21, 2011 Hurricane Irene

$15,090,787

Rhode Island

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

$3,737,461

South Dakota

Spring 2011 Flooding

$19,192,800

Tennessee

April 19 – 26, 2011 Tornado and Flooding

$2,854,634

Utah

March – May 2011 Flooding

$11,626,964

Vermont

Spring 2011 Flooding

$8,975,130

August 27, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene

$125,651,814

Virginia

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

$12,568,288

September 5, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee

$6,536,827

Virgin Islands

October 2010 Tropical Storm Otto

$3,243,556

Washington

February 28, 2001 Nisqually Earthquake

$30,066,684

November 2006 Storm

$12,519,359

December 2007 Storm

$4,486,269

January 2009 Storm

$2,545,797

Grants to States and Territories

$1,508,786,706

Allocations to Federal Land Management Agencies

$76,288,601

GRAND TOTAL

$1,585,075,307

 


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