Vermont gets federal funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Aug. 31 made $5 million in quick release emergency funds immediately available to the Vermont Department of Transportation to begin repairs to roads and bridges damaged by floods from Hurricane Irene.

Rainfall from Aug. 26-28 resulted in catastrophic flooding and substantial damage to roads and bridges across Vermont. VTrans will use the funds to expedite emergency repairs to roads, highways and bridges throughout the state.

Overall damage from Hurricane Irene to Vermont’s federal-aid highways is estimated to exceed $125 million. The emergency funds will be used to reimburse counties for the cost of repairs to resume essential traffic flow immediately after the flooding and prevent further damage.

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