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FHWA 21-11
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Phone: 202-366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $1 Million in Quick Release Emergency Relief Funds for Flood Damage from Spring Snowmelt in Minnesota

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced he is making $1 million in quick release emergency funds immediately available to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to continue repairing roads and bridges damaged by floods as a result of this spring's snowmelt.

"Minnesota is still grappling with the ravages of recent flood damage," said Secretary LaHood. "This emergency relief money will help restore roads and bridges to good condition so people can travel safely."

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.

"Minnesotans, like many across the country this year, have had much to deal with because of flooding," Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said. "These funds will help provide assistance as they continue clean-up efforts."

Quick release emergency funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be used to reimburse the state and counties for the cost of repairs.

FHWA's emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

Administrator Mendez added that the program is bracing for additional funding requests from states across the country this year that have been battered by extreme weather events.

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