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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $653.2 Million in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

Thursday, February 27, 2020

FHWA 05-20
Contact: Mike Reynard
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will award $653.2 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 37 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, mudslides and other unexpected events.

“This $653 million in federal funding will help communities repair their transportation infrastructure damaged by recent natural disasters,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Since 2017, this Administration has reimbursed states, territories, federal land management agencies, and tribal governments $4.2 billion for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations. The funds help pay for the reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges along with the arrangement of detours and replacement of damaged safety devices.

This ER funding includes awards of:

  • Nearly $229 million for California for continued repairs to roads and bridges damaged by winter storms in 2017, as well as by wildfires.
  • Nearly $51 million to Puerto Rico for ongoing repairs to roads and bridges damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
  • More than $38 million to Alaska for damages caused by an earthquake and floods.
  • More than $36 million for New York, which includes funding for repairs to damage caused by severe winds and flooding.
  • Over $30 million to Iowa for damages caused by significant flooding along the Missouri River in 2019.
  • Over $11 million for Michigan for flooding at various locations throughout the state.

“These funds are one of many ways we work to restore the nation’s damaged roads and bridges after natural disasters or other tragedies that disrupt travel,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason.

February 2020 Emergency Relief Fund Allocations

State

Event

Allocation

State Totals

Alabama

April 28, 2014 Storms and Flooding

$350,000

$3,057,830

May 27, 2018 Tropical Storm Alberto

$2,000,000

May 29, 2019 I59 Bridge Impact Event

$707,830

Alabama Federal Lands

February-April 2019, Heavy Rains - $550,000

$550,000

$550,000

Alabama Total

$3,607,830

Alaska

September 2012 Southcentral Flooding

$3,260,000

$38,460,888

October 2018 Kenai Peninsula and City of Seward Flooding

$1,700,888

November 30, 2018 Anchorage Earthquake

$33,500,000

Arizona

September 23, 2019 Tropical Storm Lorena

$6,500,000

$6,500,000

Arkansas Federal Lands

December 2015 Flooding - $200,000; April-May 2017 Flooding - $1,366,200; March 2018 Flooding - $500,000; May 2019 Arkansas River Flooding - $500,000; February 2019 Southeast Floods - $1,051,879

$3,618,079

$3,618,079

California

August 16, 2016 Blue Cut Fire

$1,302,729

$226,889,586

2017 Winter Storms

$190,887,160

August 30, 2017 Helena Fire

$2,709,300

July 2018 Wildfires

$7,799,442

November 2018 Fires

$7,894,332

January and February 2019 Atmospheric River Event

$16,296,623

California Federal Lands

January 2017 Flooding - $221,409; January 2017 Flooding - $414,217; July 2018 Wildfires - $41,457; February 2019 Flooding - $458,100; March 2019 Flooding - $827,000

$1,962,183

$1,962,183

California Total

$228,851,769

Colorado Federal Lands

March 2019 Avalanches - $100,000; April 2019 Extreme Runoff - $100,000; 2020 Division Disaster Assessments - $500,000

$700,000

$700,000

District of Columbia Federal Lands

July 2019 Flood - $750,000

$750,000

$750,000

Florida Federal Lands

September 2017 Hurricane Irma - $71,332; October 2018 Hurricane Michael - $450,153; October 2018 Hurricane Michael - $488,046

$1,009,531

$1,009,531

Georgia Federal Lands

February 2018 Southeast Floods - $707,691; February-April 2019 Heavy Rains - $550,000; February 2019 Southeast Floods - $1,000,000

$2,257,691

$2,257,691

Idaho

April 2019 Central Idaho Flooding

$1,500,000

$1,500,000

Idaho Federal Lands

March 2016 Failure of Stoddard Bridge - $2,800,000; March-April 2017 Flooding and Landslides - $258,000; April-June 2018 Flooding - $200,000; April 2019 Flooding - $125,000

$3,383,000

$3,383,000

Idaho Total

$4,883,000

Illinois

April 23, 2019 Heavy Rains and Flooding

$3,767,686

$3,767,686

Illinois Federal Lands

March 2019 Midwest Floods - $200,000; March 2019 Midwest Floods - $133,500

$333,500

$333,500

Illinois Total

$4,101,186

Iowa

March 12, 2019 Missouri River Flooding

$30,300,728

$30,300,728

Iowa Federal Lands

March 2019 Flooding - $50,000

$50,000

$50,000

Iowa Total

$30,350,728

Kansas

April 28, 2019 Severe Spring Flooding

$1,866,386

$1,866,386

Kansas Federal Lands

May - June 2019 Midwest Floods - $40,570; March-June 2019 Midwest Floods - $1,500,000; April 2019 Midwest Floods - $370,000

$1,910,570

$1,910,570

Kansas Total

$3,776,956

Kentucky

February 2018 Severe Storms and Flooding

$11,050,000

$16,050,000

February 2019 Severe Storms and Flooding

$5,000,000

Kentucky Federal Lands

December 2015 Heavy Rains - $100,000; February 2019 Southeast Floods - $1,010,190; February 2019 Southeast Floods - $1,325,578

$2,435,768

$2,435,768

Kentucky Total

$18,485,768

Louisiana Federal Lands

February 2019 Spring Flooding - $2,884,906

$2,884,906

$2,884,906

Maryland Federal Lands

July 2019 Flood - $750,000

$750,000

$750,000

Michigan

June 17, 2018 Western Upper Peninsula Flooding

$10,000,000

$10,000,000

Michigan Federal Lands

June 2018 Flooding - $1,396,830; March 2019 Flooding - $5,000

$1,401,830

$1,401,830

Michigan Total

$11,401,830

Minnesota

June 16 - July 12, 2018 Flooding

$407,000

$861,000

Spring 2019 Nicollet County Basin Flooding

$48,000

April 1, 2019 Heavy Snowmelt and Rainfall

$406,000

Minnesota Federal Lands

March 2019 Flooding - $436,000

$436,000

$436,000

Minnesota Total

$1,297,000

Mississippi

December 27, 2018 Damage due to Flooding

$5,671,829

$15,934,320

February 2019 Damage due to Flooding

$10,262,491

Mississippi Federal Lands

February-April 2019 Rains - $650,000

$650,000

$650,000

Mississippi Total

$16,584,320

Missouri

March 11, 2019 Severe Storm Systems and Flooding

$697,807

$4,147,807

April 29, 2019 Severe Storms

$3,450,000

Missouri Federal Lands

April - May 2017 Storms - $6,000,000; May-June 2019 Midwest Floods - $250,000

$6,250,000

$6,250,000

Missouri Total

$10,397,807

Montana Federal Lands

April-June 2018 Flooding - $450,086

$450,086

$450,086

Nebraska Federal Lands

July 2019 Flooding - $250,000; March 2019 Flooding - $10,360

$260,360

$260,360

New Mexico Federal Lands

July 2013 Intense Thunderstorm - $14,280

$14,280

$14,280

New York

September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Attacks

$26,744,000

$35,944,000

October 31, 2019 Severe Winds and Flooding

$9,200,000

New York Federal Lands

October 2012 Hurricane Sandy - $200,000

$200,000

$200,000

New York Total

$36,144,000

North Carolina

February 2019 Storms

$8,500,000

$11,500,000

June 2019 Storms

$1,500,000

September 4, 2019 Hurricane Dorian

$1,500,000

North Carolina Federal Lands

May 2018 Southeast Floods - $1,000,000; June 2019 Flooding - $900,000

$1,900,000

$1,900,000

North Carolina Total

$13,400,000

North Dakota Federal Lands

April 2019 Midwest floods - $45,000

$45,000

$45,000

Ohio

February - March 2018 Heavy Rainfall and Flooding

$300,000

$13,243,528

February 2019 Heavy Rainfall and Landslide

$10,943,528

June 2019 Heavy Rain and Flooding

$2,000,000

Oklahoma

April 28 - May 2, 2017 Storms and Flooding

$7,047,846

$12,047,846

April 30 - June 29, 2019 Storms and Flooding

$5,000,000

Oklahoma Federal Lands

March-June 2019 Midwest Floods - $3,350,000; March-June 2019 Midwest Floods - $730,450

$4,080,450

$4,080,450

Oklahoma Total

$16,128,296

Oregon

December 2015 Flooding

$7,046,047

$19,569,622

January 11, 2017 Severe Winter Storms

$5,583,524

February 2019 Severe Winter Storms

$4,528,783

April 2019 Winter Storms

$2,411,268

Oregon Federal Lands

December 2015 Flooding - $700,000; 2017 Oneonta Tunnel Disaster - $10,000; December 2016-February 2017 Flooding - $900,000; December 2016-February 2017 Flooding - $200,000; February-April 2019 Flooding - $250,000

$2,060,000

$2,060,000

Oregon Total

$21,629,622

Puerto Rico

September 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria

$22,065,474

$40,899,444

March 4-7, 2018 Tidal Waves

$1,488,025

May 28-29, 2019 Heavy Rains

$5,462,209

September 2019 Tropical Storm Karen

$2,883,736

January 2020 Earthquakes and Landslides

$9,000,000

Puerto Rico Federal Lands

September 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria - $9,814,185

$9,814,185

$9,814,185

Puerto Rico Total

$50,713,629

South Dakota

March 13-15, 2019 Heavy Snow and Rain

$10,000,000

$18,462,118

May 22, 2019 Heavy Rains and Severe Flooding

$1,800,557

June 30, 2019 Heavy Rains and Severe Flooding

$1,825,457

Sept. 10, 2019 Heavy Rains & Severe Flooding

$4,836,104

South Dakota Federal Lands

March-June 2019 Midwest Floods - $7,400,000; March-June 2019 Midwest Floods - $250,000; April 2019 Midwest Floods - $90,000

$7,740,000

$7,740,000

South Dakota Total

$26,202,118

Tennessee

July 11, 2019 Rockslide in Campbell County

$1,952,834

$1,952,834

Tennessee Federal Lands

March 2018 Seasonal Flooding - $3,500,000; February 2019 Southeast Floods - $1,042,802; February 2019 Southeast Floods - $12,836,325; February 2019 Southeast Floods - $801,886

$18,181,013

$18,181,013

Tennessee Total

$20,133,847

Utah

August 8, 2019 Severe Storms

$3,437,794

$3,437,794

Utah Federal Lands

April 2019 Avalanche - $1,200,000

$1,200,000

$1,200,000

Utah Total

$4,637,794

Vermont

August 27, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene

$1,800,000

$8,300,000

April 14, 2019 Heavy Rain and Severe Flooding

$3,500,000

October 31, 2019 Heavy Rain and Severe Flooding

$3,000,000

Virgin Islands

September 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria

$19,768,475

$19,768,475

Virginia

October 11, 2018 Hurricane Michael

$5,974,800

$5,974,800

Virginia Federal Lands

September 2018 Hurricane Florence - $900,000; February 2018 Flooding - $2,000,000; May 2018 Tropical Storm Alberto - $1,811,521; September 2018 Hurricane Florence - $1,047,299; October 2018 Hurricane Michael - $817,927; 2020 Division Disaster Assessments - $500,000; 2020 MSAR Budget - $1,200,000

$8,276,747

$8,276,747

Virginia Total

$14,251,547

Washington

February 2017 Severe Winter Storms

$1,271,000

$3,436,400

October 5, 2019 I-5 and 13th St. Bridge Hit

$965,400

December 16, 2019 I-5 and SR 397 Bridge Damage

$1,200,000

Washington Federal Lands

November-December 2015 Heavy Rains - $1,000,000; December 2016-April 2017 Severe Winter Storms - $22,165; April-June 2018 Flooding - $520,619; 2020 Division Disaster Assessments - $500,000

$2,042,784

$2,042,784

Washington Total

$5,479,184

West Virginia Federal Lands

June 2016 Flooding - $719,771; October 2017 Flooding - $438,002; August 2018 Flooding - $1,469,199

$2,626,972

$2,626,972

Wisconsin Federal Lands

July 2016 Flooding - $365,750; July 2016 Flooding - $4,267,131; June 2018 Flooding - $500,000; June 2018 Flooding - $1,310,489; July 2019 Wind Damage - $416,700

$6,860,070

$6,860,070

Wyoming Federal Lands

June 2017 Flooding - $450,000; June 2017 Gros Ventre Road Damage - $800,000; February 2018 Earthquakes - $1,017,873

$2,267,873

$2,267,873

Total

$653,225,970

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