Harkin: $1 Million Coming to Iowa to Repair Flood-Damaged Roads Print
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:25
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that $1 million in quick release emergency funding is coming to Iowa to help repair roads damaged by the rain and flooding of June and July, 2010.  The funds, which the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has made available to the Iowa Department of Transportation, will be used to restore essential traffic byways and protect roads from further damage.  

“June and July's storms severely damaged our roads, stopping many Iowans from traveling and limiting our ability to deliver goods and services to the people who need them,” Harkin said. “This funding will help repair and restore our roadways and get us back on track.”

On June 1, 2010 and continuing, severe storm systems moved across Iowa causing damage, flooding and related impacts to the Federal-aid highway system in Iowa.  Typical damage included shoulder erosion, pavement undermining, landslides, and bridge and road closures on both the state and local system.  Flooding forced the closure of several primary roadway systems and caused substantial damage.  The secondary road system also suffered substantial damage.  Governor Culver proclaimed 51 of Iowa’s counties to be a disaster area, along with requesting a Presidential Declaration for an additional 7 counties not included in the Governor’s proclamation.

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