Virginia awarded $1.7 million for emergency road and bridge repair from 2018 hurricanes


KINSTON, NC – SEPTEMBER 15: Barricades block Highway 70 where the Neuse River has flooded the road September 15, 2018 in Kinston, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm Friday and at least 12 deaths have been attributed to the storm, which continues to produce heavy rain and […]

WASHINGTON (WFXR) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $1.7 million in emergency funding for road and bridge repairs in Virginia.

In a release from DoT, the agency said Virginia would get $860,000 for road and bridge repair associated with 2018’s Hurricane Florence and $850,000 for the same repairs tied to 2018’s Hurricane Michael.

Roanoke declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence last year and several schools across central and southwest Virginia closed because of the storm.

Cities in our region have already received federal funding to help in their efforts to recover from the two storms. Danville received $2 million in funding to help the city repair damage to infrastructure and remove storm debris.

Tuesday’s announcement was part of a larger $871 million award to states and territories recovering from various natural disasters. More than $200 million when to Puerto Rico for continued repairs following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and $110 million to Tennessee. The majority of Tennessee’s funding is for repair to infrastructure following severe storms earlier this year.

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