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Obama administration releases £1.02bn for disaster repair work

The US Government has released $1.58bn (£1.02bn) to help cover the cost of repairs to roads and bridges damaged by recent natural disasters.

The funding is being provided by the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program and will be shared across 30 states and federal land management agencies.

The £1.02bn will reimburse repair work including fixing or replacing highways, bridges and other road structures. Work such as clearing debris and immediate steps taken, such as diverting and restoring traffic flow, will also be eligable.

US transportation secretary Ray LaHood announced the funding in Washington today. “Communities from coast to coast are still recovering from disasters that have affected the roads they use, their homes and businesses,” he said.

“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.”

Repair funds

Vermont, hit by Hurricane Irene, will receive £81.2M.

North Dakota will receive £57.6M for the Devils Lake Basin for damage caused by Spring 2011 runoff.

Iowa will receive £24.2M to repair damage caused by the May 2011 Missouri River flooding.

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