DOT doles out $1 million to Mississippi to repair hurricane damage

| Wednesday, September 19, 2012

There’s $1 million headed to Mississippi to help with the repairs of the Hurricane Isaac-battered bridges and roads.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced on Sept. 18 that $1 million in emergency relief funds would be immediately available to the state of Mississippi to help expedite repairs of the roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The hurricane’s winds and rain, along with subsequent flooding, took their toll on 48 counties in southern Mississippi. The DOT noted in a press release, that in addition to damage to roads and bridges, many traffic signals and signs were destroyed.

The money will go toward cleanup of debris in addition to repair or replacement of the roads, bridges and traffic signals.

The release of emergency funds to Mississippi comes two weeks after LaHood announced that $3.5 million would go to Louisiana, which suffered far more damage than Mississippi.

Overall, the federal highway system suffered at least $31 million in damages caused by Hurricane Isaac. And, that’s a preliminary estimate. At the time the relief funds were announced, some of Louisiana’s highways remained flooded, with their damage unknown.

The emergency relief program provides money for repair or replacement of federal roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters. The money, once announced, is immediately accessible by the states to speed up cleanup and facilitate the start of the rebuilding process.

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