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Emergency road funds given to New York

The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $5 million in emergency funds immediately available to the New York State Department of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by floods from Hurricane Irene.

New York sustained flooding and substantial damage to roads and bridges from Hurricane Irene’s rainfall beginning on Aug. 26. NYSDOT will use quick release funds to continue emergency repairs to roads, highways and bridges in 31 counties throughout the state.

NYSDOT estimates overall damage to federal-aid highways from these floods will likely exceed $100 million.

Quick release emergency funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration will be used to reimburse the state for repairs that were done to resume traffic flow immediately after the flooding and prevent further damage.

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