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March 23, 2016 9:00 AM, EDT

FHWA Releases $1 Million in Emergency Funds For Louisiana

The Federal Highway Administration has made $1 million in emergency funds available to Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development in the wake of floods that swamped the state this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced March 23.

“Emergency Relief funding will help communities recover from the extensive damage and restore essential travel,” Foxx said in a statement.  “We understand how important it is to get roads repaired as quickly as possible so residents can travel and businesses can be up and running again.”

Beginning March 7, Louisiana experienced storms that affected 16 parishes and many highways and bridges. Interstate 10 West remains closed due to flooding from the Sabine River at the Texas state line. According to FHWA, repairs are estimated to cost $5 million.