The Department of Transportation is giving $513.2 million to 30 states as part of their Emergency Relief Program.
The goal of the program is to provide relief to communities after extreme weather and wildfires.
“From recent hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast, to wildfires in California and floods and mudslides in numerous states, we must address the devastating impacts of climate change and work to build more sustainable transportation infrastructure to better withstand its impacts for years to come,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated Aug. 31.
Who is getting what?
These funds can be used for road and bridge repairs, damages caused by recent storms, floods, wildfires, and other related events.
Washington State will receive $21 million in emergency relief after having 10 emergency events, the most out of any state. These events range from wildfires to avalanches from 2018 to 2022.
“These funds will help communities across our nation repair roads and bridges damaged by severe weather events, which are becoming increasingly common because of climate change,” Buttigieg noted.
The state receiving the highest amount of aid is California, with nine total emergencies, California will receive $95.55 million.
Tennessee received eight emergency relief allocations, which gives them $18.4 million.
Kentucky will receive $11.5 million for flooding, storms, landslides, mudslides, and tornadoes that took place between February and December 2021.
For Hurricane Laura in 2020 and Hurricane Ida in 2021, Louisiana will receive $18.74 million.
“Climate change impacts the lives of Americans on a daily basis and has increasingly meant that our nation’s transportation infrastructure is facing more frequent and unpredictable damage from severe weather events,” said Stephanie Pollack, acting administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.
There are eight states that will receive an allocation for a single emergency relief event.
Connecticut will receive $6 million for Hurricane Ida damages.
$1.46 million for flash floods and river floods in Illinois.
Iowa experienced severe storms and flooding, they will receive $750,000.
$108,000 will go to Maryland for summer storm repairs.
New Jersey will receive $7.97 million for Hurricane Ida-related damages.
$1.25 million will go to North Dakota for basin flooding in March 2020.
$3 million to Oregon for flooding and storm damages from December 2021.
Vermont will receive $1.5 million for storm and flood damages.
Colorado experienced mud and rockfall in June 2021 that littered Interstate 70, Colorado will receive $10.43 million.
The federal government will also be providing relief for non-weather-related repairs.
Washington D.C will receive $1.51 million for pedestrian bridge damages caused by a trucking strike.
Georgia will get $5.36 million for third-party bridge damages to I-16 and Route 86, plus $3.9 million for damages caused by Tropical Storm Fred.
Idaho’s bridge failure will result in $1.22 million in federal aid.
For a full state-by-state breakdown, please visit the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
While it is unclear how it is determined how each state’s allocations are determined, I’m sure they aren’t complaining about receiving additional federal funding. For more updates like this, subscribe to our newsletter.
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