Wis. receives more than $23M to repair roads, bridges damaged by flooding

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMTV) -- Wisconsin will receive more than $23 million in emergency relief funding for the repair of roads and bridges damaged from flooding in 2018.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the funding on Tuesday.

The $23 million is part of an overall $705.7 million funding package under FHWA’s Emergency Relief program to help 34 states, as well as American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“The Department is pleased to reimburse states and territories that have made critical repairs to their transportation infrastructure following natural disasters such as wildfires, storms, and floods,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

In Wisconsin, storms and flooding events on June 16, August 17 and 19 caused a total $17,594,565 in damage. Flooding on federal lands in Wisconsin caused $5,744,129 in damage.

More than a fifth of the total amount provided by the FHWA, about $153 million, will be used to pay for repairs to damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. There are also funds directed towards other severe weather recovery efforts, including the wildfires in California.

“These funds will help keep our country’s roads and bridges safe and well-maintained in the aftermath of the hurricanes and other severe storms seen in recent years,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson.