Vermont is the latest state to receive federal emergency transportation funds related to severe flooding.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 28 the Vermont Agency of Transportation will receive $500,000 in federal funds to assist with repairs to flood-damaged freight and commuter corridors.
US Transportation Secretary Chao announced the immediate availability of $500,000 in “quick release” #EmergencyReliefFunds from FHWA to help repair flood-damaged roads throughout Vermont. https://t.co/PYvfqTirZX
— Federal Highway Admn (@USDOTFHWA) May 29, 2019
The emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration was requested by the state agency to help restore traffic along roads damaged by heavy rain and snowmelt in April. Windham, Bennington, Windsor, Rutland, Orange, Washington, Caledonia and Essex counties experienced major flooding, resulting in poor access to roadways.
Estimates of the long-term damage caused by the flooding in the Green Mountain State is expected to reach about $2 million, according to DOT.
Earlier this month, the department announced that Missouri transportation officials would receive $2 million for repairs related to flood-damaged roadways. Missouri’s Department of Transportation estimates recent severe weather resulted in damages totaling more than $10 million.
“These emergency funds will help Missouri repair roads and bridges that were heavily damaged as a result of severe storms in March,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement May 3.
FHWA’s “quick release” aid is meant to assist agencies with restoring access to communities, as well as essential corridors.