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October 26, 2016 11:00 AM, EDT

Wisconsin Receives $1.615 Million in FHWA Emergency Funds After Floods

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on Oct. 25 that the Federal Highway Administration is making $1.615 million in emergency relief funds available to Wisconsin to help begin repairs to roads and bridges damaged by major flooding in August and September in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties. More than a dozen other Wisconsin counties suffered damage from floods and extreme runoff.

“These floodwaters have impacted the residents and businesses statewide,” Foxx said. “This money will ensure critical repairs are made to keep affected communities connected to vital services and emergency relief.”

From August into September, the state experienced severe weather. Severe storms caused major flooding, resulting in washouts of roads, culverts and multiuse paths.  Roads in more than 15 counties in central Wisconsin suffered additional damage from flash floods and extreme runoff.

“We want to do whatever we can to help the state move forward on the repairs needed to restore vital transportation links,” FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau said. “Our mission is to help Wisconsinites get their lives back to normal and relieve the toll on their economy.”