Dubuque Co. gets nearly $1 million for flood-related road repair - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Dubuque Co. gets nearly $1 million for flood-related road repairs


The US Department of Transportation announced Monday it's distributing more than $215 million to 37 states and territories as reimbursement for emergency relief efforts.

For Iowa, that means $931,112 to Dubuque County for road repairs stemming from the heavy rains and flooding of July 27-28 and $4,279,822 to western Iowa communities for flooding on the Missouri River in the spring.

In total, Iowa's getting $5,210,934, a 2.4 percent slice of the US DOT's $215,198,775 pie.

In a media release, US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said, "Communities suffering from disasters have been hard at work restoring vital transportation links so that people can resume daily activities as soon as possible. They did their part, and now it's our turn to give the states the money they were promised to help pay for that work."

34 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and federal lands agencies are getting reimbursement for repairs to roads and bridges stemming from catastrophic disasters such as storms, flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes.

Some of the bigger slices of the reimbursement pie are going to California, which will receive $43.4 million for flooding and earthquakes; North Dakota, which is getting $31.5 for flooding in the Devil's Lake region and Vermont, with $15.4 million for repairs in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

The money is coming from the DOT's Federal Highway Administration, whose, "emergency relief program reimburses states for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways that were damaged in disasters and catastrophic failures," according to the release.

The money can reimburse the states and territories for fixing or replacing highways, bridges and other roadway structures, as well as costs related to detours, debris removal and other traffic flow-related measures.

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