Minnesota to get $5 million for flooded roads
The U.S. Department of Transportation assured the State of Minnesota today that the state will receive up to $5 million in “Quick Release” emergency relief funds to help fix the state’s flood-damaged roads.
These funds, which will reimburse the state for emergency repair work done in the aftermath of statewide flooding, will supplement $750,000 in federal transportation funds the state received on June 23.
Governor Mark Dayton, who in June declared a peacetime state of emergency after heavy rains caused extensive flooding statewide, reached out to the Federal Highway Administration this week requesting additional help to repair flood-damaged Minnesota roads.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will make these funds available to local agencies to assist with cash flow, and to help expedite local flood-related road repairs.
Over the last several weeks, Governor Dayton has visited flood-affected communities in more than a dozen counties to meet with local emergency responders and asses flood damage across Minnesota.