Sioux Falls, SD – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation will provide the South Dakota Department of Transportation with $1.5 million in emergency funding to begin repairs on roads and bridges damaged by recent flooding. This is in response to the heavy rainfall and flooding that damaged roads in 22 counties across the eastern part of the state.
“I am pleased that the United States Department of Transportation is acting quickly to help our state begin to repair the damage caused by recent flooding,” Johnson said. “This funding is an important step in helping communities in eastern South Dakota get back on their feet and fix roads and highways that people depend on.”
This emergency funding from the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration will be used to reimburse counties for the cost of repairs needed to resume essential traffic flow after the flooding and prevent further damage. The emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.
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