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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $500,000 in 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds for Idaho

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Federal Funds to Help Repair Roads Damaged by Flash Floods

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate availability of $500,000 in Emergency Relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) cover the costs of repairing roads damaged by flash floods near the town of Atlanta in Elmore County.    

“We will do everything we can to restore full access to this community,” said Secretary Foxx. “Though additional payments may be made in the weeks and months ahead, the Department considers this a down payment on the work they need to get roads reopened.”

A series of heavy rainfall resulted in flash floods in late July through early August in Elmore County accompanied by significant mud and debris. A half-mile section of Middle Fork Road was damaged with portions of the roadway embankment washed out.  This route provides the only winter access to Atlanta, as all other routes in the area are narrow and can become impassible due to heavy snow.

“Residents in Atlanta risk being cut off from the rest of the state as a key route for winter travel remains closed,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau.  “These funds will help expedite needed repairs so this community can travel freely again.”

Funds from FHWA's Emergency Relief Program will reimburse the state for emergency work done in the immediate aftermath of the flooding. The agency will provide additional funds as permanent repairs are identified and cost estimates are completed. FHWA's Emergency Relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

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