WASHINGTON, D.C. (WEHT) — $2 million is on its way to Kentucky to help repair roads and bridges damaged by February flooding.
Starting February 3, heavy rain tracked across the entire state, causing flash flooding and landslides. The governor declared a state of emergency on February 7.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the availability of the “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds Tuesday.
The money will help Kentucky address the damage to federal-aid highways from flooding. To date, more than 160 damaged federal-aid sites across 10 counties were reported with estimated damage costs upwards of $10 million as the assessments continue. Many of the damaged sites are located in the state’s mountainous eastern and southeastern regions.
Funding will also reimburse Kentucky for costs associated with emergency repairs needed to prevent further damage. They are considered a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while state officials continue damage assessments for long-term repairs.
(This story was originally published on March 10, 2020)