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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces $410 Million in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

Funds to repay states for damage from a variety of events in 33 states

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced $410 million in emergency relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help 33 states, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and several federal land management agencies repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.

“We stand by communities that have been impacted by natural disaster and other emergencies,” said Secretary Foxx. “These funds will allow states to complete projects that are ready to go, and that will allow people to travel and resume their daily lives as soon as possible.”

FHWA’s ER program reimburses states for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations based on their requests. The funds help to pay for the reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges along with the arrangement of detours and replacement of guardrails or other damaged safety devices.

“Emergency relief funding is an integral part of the federal-aid program,” said Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “Part of our mission is to help states get back on track by restoring broken transportation links when disaster strikes.”

At $115.5 million, Colorado topped the list among states to be reimbursed for a single incident through the ER program – a flood event that caused widespread damage throughout the state in September 2013, most of which is near Denver and Boulder. 

New Jersey and New York together received more than $92 million for Hurricane Sandy repairs, which reflects the length and cost of repairs made since the event in 2012.  Repayment for more recent events includes more than $14 million for northern California storms last February, and more than $13 million for storms and landslides in Ohio last March.  South Carolina will receive nearly $10 million for October floods, and additional emergency relief funds once the state completes its ongoing damage assessments. 

Emergency Relief Allocations – FY 2016
StateEventAllocationState Totals
AlabamaFebruary 1 - 26, 2013 - Severe Flooding$1,613,193$4,312,823
April 28, 2014 - Storms and Flooding$2,699,630
AlaskaNovember 2013 - Coastal Storm$3,423,920$4,740,813
Spring 2015 - Dalton Highway Flooding$1,316,893
ArizonaAugust 9, 2015 - US 89A Washout$658,446$658,446
ArkansasMay 2015 - Rainfall and Flooding$658,446$658,446
CaliforniaDecember 2005 - Statewide Storms$12,642,168$29,103,324
December 2014 - Statewide Storm Damage$14,485,817
September 12, 2015 - Valley Fire$1,975,339
ColoradoSeptember 11, 2013 - Flooding$115,514,341$119,069,951
Spring 2015 - Statewide Flood damage$3,555,610
DelawareJune  2014 - I-495 Bridge Pier Damage$1,975,339$1,975,339
FloridaAugust 25, 2012 - Tropical Storm Isaac$487,250$487,250
IndianaApril 2011 - Severe Storms and Flooding$790,136$790,136
IowaSeptember 9, 2014 - Heavy Rainfall & Flood$1,975,339$1,975,339
KansasMay 4 to June 21, 2015 - Flooding$790,136$790,136
KentuckyMarch 2015 - Storms$3,687,299$3,687,299
MichiganAugust 11, 2014 - Heavy Rainfall and Flooding$460,912$2,765,474
September 26, 2014 - Pedestrian Bridge Collapse$2,304,562
MinnesotaJune 2014 - Heavy Rainfall and Flooding$2,392,794$2,392,794
MississippiFebruary 2015 - Storms$444,127$444,127
MissouriMay - June 2013 - Flooding$329,223$1,646,115
May - July 2015 - Severe Storms and Flooding$1,316,892
MontanaAugust 2014 - Rainfall and Flooding$855,980$855,980
NebraskaMay 2 - June 17, 2015 - Severe Storms and Flooding$1,274,059$1,274,059
New JerseyOctober 29, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy$52,000,000$52,000,000
New MexicoSeptember 18, 2014 - Severe Storms & Floods$8,559,801$8,559,801
New YorkOctober 29, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy$40,223,117$40,223,117
OhioMarch - April 2011 - Heavy Rainfall$9,415,781$23,561,840
March 2015 - Storms and Landslides$13,168,925
July 1, 2015 - Tanker Truck Crash$977,134
OklahomaMay 24 - June 10, 2007 - Flooding$23,704$6,808,992
May 18 - June 2, 2013 - Severe Storms and Tornadoes$200,826
May 2015 - Storms and Flooding$6,584,462
OregonJanuary 2012 - Storm and Flooding Event$1,580,271$4,816,534
November 2012 - Severe Weather Event$131,689
February 6, 2014 - I-84 Rockslide$1,458,458
August 10, 2015 - Wildfires$1,646,116
South CarolinaMay 27, 2015 - I-26 Tanker Fire$537,292$10,413,986
October 2015 - Severe Storms and Flooding$9,876,694
TexasMay 2015 - Storms and Flooding$9,876,694$9,876,694
UtahSeptember 2014 - Rainfall and Flooding $4,665,092$4,665,092
VermontAugust 27, 2011 - Tropical Storm Irene$1,316,892$1,316,892
VirginiaMarch 2015 - Winter Storm$1,316,892$1,316,892
WashingtonNovember 2013 - Storms$411,529$13,855,027
March 17, 2013 - SR 16 Bridge Hit$345,026
September 2013 - Heavy Rains SR 12 Landslide$151,443
March 2014 - Abnormal Rainfall$421,406
December 2014 - Severe Storms$6,503,474
January 3, 2015 - Rainfall and Flooding$1,557,225
February 2015 - Extreme Rainfall$424,698
February 9, 2015 - I-5 Overpass Damage$708,488
March 13 and April 4, 2015 - Bridge Damage$2,633,785
June 2015 - I-5 Bridge Damage$697,953
West VirginiaApril 2015 - Storms and Flooding$5,267,570$6,584,462
July 2015 - Storms and Flooding$1,316,892
WisconsinJune 2012 - NW Wisconsin Flooding$237,041$237,041
WyomingJune 4, 2015 - East Central Wyoming Flooding$2,897,163$2,897,163
N. MarianaAugust 2015 - Typhoon Soudelor$609,063$609,063
Subtotal Federal-aid$365,370,447$365,370,447
Federal Land Management Agencies$44,700,082$44,700,082
Total$410,070,529$410,070,529
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015
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