Washington, D.C. (WKOW) -- from US House: U.S. Rep. Kind announced Thursday that the Federal Highway Administration is making available more than $25 million to Wisconsin to repair highways and roads that were damaged in the flooding of August 2007 and June 2008.
During the floods, transportation infrastructure across Wisconsin sustained substantial damage that included washed-out roadways and roads whose structural integrity was severely compromised.
"Western Wisconsin was dealt a one-two punch with the devastating floods in August 2007 and then again less than a year later with the floods last June," Rep. Kind said. "While the rain has long stopped, communities are still working to rebuild - and repairing transportation infrastructure is a vital part of that. These funds will help fix many of the roads that were washed away or damaged by these storms."
The Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief program will provide approximately $5 million to the western Wisconsin counties of Crawford, Dane, La Crosse, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon to repair transportation infrastructure damaged in the floods of August 2007.
In addition, $20 million will be awarded to 19 counties across Wisconsin (Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Marquette, Monroe, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, and Winnebago) that were affected by the recent flooding in June 2008.
The June storms caused portions of at least 3 dozen state highways and 100 local roads and highways to be closed according to estimates by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The money will fund emergency repair work necessary to restore traffic flow as well as permanent repairs to return transportation infrastructure to its pre-disaster condition.
The funds are part of $679 million being allocated to 28 states and Puerto Rico to repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters and catastrophic events.
In total, Wisconsin will receive $25,031,586.