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U.S. DOT releases $17M in Hurricane Sandy emergency relief

Posted on October 31, 2012

Update: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is making $4 million in quick release emergency relief funds immediately available to North Carolina to help begin repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, while assessments continue throughout the Northeast to determine the full extent of the damage.

North Carolina follows New York and Rhode Island in requesting assistance from the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the $4 million approved  represents another installment of federal-aid highway funds going toward repair.  The DOT approved $13 million in quick release emergency relief funds — $10 million for New York and $3 million for Rhode Island. DOT is expecting other states impacted by Hurricane Sandy to apply for additional emergency relief funding in the coming days. 

The announcement follows President Obama’s call for federal agencies to act quickly and bring all available resources to bear as quickly as possible. It also builds on the disaster assistance for these states approved by President Obama in the last several days, including the major disaster declaration approved for New York, which make federal assistance — like these emergency relief funds — available to supplement state and local response and recovery efforts.

The $13 million represents 100% of the state-requested funds — $10 million from New York and $3 million from Rhode Island. These two requests are just the first to arrive at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and represent the first installment of federal-aid highway funds to help repair roads, bridges and tunnels in these two states. DOT is expecting other states impacted by Hurricane Sandy to apply for additional emergency relief funding in the coming days.

“President Obama has directed us to immediately help restore vital transportation infrastructure following this unprecedented and devastating storm — and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said Secretary LaHood. "These emergency relief funds are just a down payment on our commitment to all of the states impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”  

Quick release emergency funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be used to pay for a variety of repairs to roads and bridges that are immediately necessary. Rhode Island will use the funding to repair damaged sea walls supporting roadways; New York will use it for general emergency repairs to federal aid highways.  

“This funding is only the first step in the difficult process of helping the region recover,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "The federal government stands ready to assist in helping affected states repair roads and bridges so that residents can begin to resume daily activities.”

To further speed access to critical repair funds, Secretary LaHood held a conference call Tuesday with officials from 14 impacted states to outline how they can apply for quick release emergency relief funding. Secretary LaHood also described other steps the DOT has taken to assist states, including an Eastern Regional Emergency Declaration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to temporarily lift hours-of-service requirements and other regulations to assist interstate motor carrier drivers and operators providing direct emergency relief.

FHWA's emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events. Restoring critical infrastructure is essential to enabling first responders and relief workers to access impacted communities and to quickly restoring services to impacted residents.

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