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Natural disaster relief money provided to fix US roads

More than $215M (£137.5M) has been granted to 37 US states and protectorates for repair of roads and bridges that have been damaged by a variety of natural disasters, the Department of Transportation announced yesterday.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has provided the money from its emergency relief program to 34 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and federal lands agencies to reimburse them for repairs to roads and bridges caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes and other natural and catastrophic disasters.

Among states that will receive funding, California will receive £27.8M for flooding and earthquakes, North Dakota will receive £20.2M for flooding in the Devil’s Lake region and Vermont will receive £9.9M for flooding and damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

The money will be used to fix or replace highways, bridges and other roadway structures.

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