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Indiana To receive Federal Funds To Repair Roads

Last updated on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

(WASHINGTON D.C.)(AP) - Indiana will receive over $300,000 in federal funds to repair roads and bridges damaged in April’s severe storms.

The US Department of Transportation will provide Indiana with $322,523 to make the repairs from storms and flooding in April 2011. The money is part of $215 million being distributed to states to cover storm damage.

Parts of southern Indiana received up to 15 inches of rain in early April. The Wabash River flooded from Lafayette to Vincennes, and Clark, Dubois, Floyd, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Switzerland, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties issued emergency declarations at the time.

At this point there are no details on how the money will be spent.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will provide a total of $215,198,775 from its emergency relief program to 34 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and federal lands agencies to reimburse them for repairs to roads and bridges caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes and other natural and catastrophic disasters.

Among states that will receive funding, California will receive $43.4 million for flooding and earthquakes, North Dakota will receive $31.5 million for flooding in the Devil's Lake region and Vermont will receive $15.4 million for flooding and damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

The money will reimburse states for fixing or replacing highways, bridges and other roadway structures. Costs associated with detours, debris removal and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow in impacted areas are also eligible.

The FHWA's emergency relief program reimburses states for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways that were damaged in disasters and catastrophic failures.

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