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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $513.2 Million in Emergency Relief for Roads and Bridges Damaged by Natural Disaster and Catastrophic Events

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Funds help states address ongoing impacts of climate change and severe weather

FHWA 33-22
Contact: FHWA.PressOffice@dot.gov
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to help states repair and rebuild critical infrastructure that resident and businesses rely on following extreme weather events that are becoming more frequent, hard to predict, and severe due to changing climate, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced that it will provide $513.2 million in Emergency Relief (ER) Program funds to help 30 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, wildfires and other events in recent years.

“These funds with help communities across our nation repair roads and bridges damaged by severe weather events, which are becoming increasingly common because of climate change,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “From recent hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast, to wildfires in California and floods and mudslides in numerous states, we must address the devastating impacts of climate change and work to build more sustainable transportation infrastructure to better withstand its impacts for years to come.”

“Climate change impacts the lives of Americans on a daily basis and has increasingly meant that our nation’s transportation infrastructure is facing more frequent and unpredictable damage from severe weather events,” Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. “The Emergency Relief funding the Administration is announcing today will overwhelmingly go toward repairing damage to roads and bridges relied upon by communities across the country.”

The bulk of FHWA’s Emergency Relief funding goes toward reimbursement for states, territories, federal land management agencies, and tribal governments to fix and restore roads and bridges in the aftermath of wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other weather-related events, including Hurricane Ida damage in several states and California wildfires. Additional funding is available to repair or replace structures due to catastrophic failure from external causes, such as the pedestrian bridge in Washington, D.C., over Route 295 that collapsed when a truck hit the bridge in June 2021.

The Emergency Relief program complements the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive approach to combatting climate change and mitigating its ongoing effects by encouraging transportation agencies to identify and implement measures that make restored infrastructure more resilient and better able to withstand damage from future events. Specifically, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law addresses the future resiliency of transportation infrastructure in the face of climate change through new programs and expanded eligibilities, including the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) program. The PROTECT program will advance the use of materials and structural techniques to ensure highways are better prepared to withstand extreme events.

FHWA is taking additional steps to tackle climate change by updating its Emergency Relief Manual for 2022 to spotlight the program’s impact on improvements to system resilience. The agency has also embarked on a rulemaking to amend the FHWA Emergency Relief program regulations to incorporate climate resiliency while making it possible to use more ER funds toward improving system resilience.

The Fiscal Year 2022 allocation provides funding for continued repairs from the 2015 and 2016 California Winter Storms, 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, 2020 Michigan Spring Flooding and recent Arkansas flooding and Alabama tornadoes. A listing of FY 2022 Emergency Relief Program allocations with funding information for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico can be found here. This is the second allocation in FY 2022 bringing the total to more than $1.9 billion.

Fiscal Year 2022 Emergency Relief Program Allocations

State

Event Title

Amount

Amount per State

Alabama

ERFA: AL20-2, September 14, 2020, Hurricane Sally

 $             7,000,000.00

 $8,564,077.00

ERFA: AL21-2, March 16, 2021, Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds and Tornadoes

 $             1,000,000.00

ERFO: AL2020-1-FWS, September 14, 2020 Hurricane Sally

 $                564,077.00

Alaska

ERFA: AK12-2, September 15, 2012, Kenai Flooding

 $                300,000.00

 $3,140,000.00

ERFA: AK21-1, November 30, 2020, Storms and Flooding

 $             2,840,000.00

Arizona

ERFA: AZ20-2, August 17, 2020, Salt and Griffin Wildfires

 $                821,000.00

 $4,415,575.70

ERFA: AZ21-2, June 01, 2021, Mescal and Telegraph Wildfires

 $             2,405,468.00

ERFA: AZ21-3, July 13, 2021, Monsoon Storms and Flooding

 $                139,000.00

ERFA: AZ21-4, August 13, 2021, Monsoon Storms and Flooding

 $             1,050,107.70

Arkansas

ERFA: AR21-1, April 28, 2021, Heavy Rains, Tornados and Flash Flooding

 $           10,000,000.00

 $11,981,665.00

ERFO: AR2020-1-FS, April 7, 2020 Heavy Rains and Flooding (FHWA catastrophic road failure)

 $             1,500,000.00

ERFO: AR2020-2-FS, May 3, 2020 Heavy Rains and Flooding

 $                481,665.00

California

ERFA: CA15-2, November 30, 2014 Severe Statewide Rainstorm

 $           52,810,629.00

 $95,563,301.05

ERFA: CA16-4, March 5, 2016, Severe Statewide Rainstorm

 $           30,670,662.00

ERFA: CA16-5, July 22, 2016, Sand Fire Wildfire

 $             1,546,632.75

ERFA: CA18-3, December 4, 2017, Thomas, Creek, Rye, and Lilac Wildfires

 $                489,616.71

ERFA: CA18-5, July 7, 2018, Monsoon Rains in San Bernardino County

 $                173,159.18

ERFA: CA19-2, January 5, 2019, Atmospheric River Event

 $             4,428,889.63

ERFO: CA2020-1-BOR, August 17, 2020 Statewide Wildfires

 $                  59,710.00

ERFO: CA2020-1-FS, August 17, 2020 Statewide Wildfires

 $             1,990,001.78

ERFO: CA2021-2-FS, June 24, 2021 Wildfires

 $             3,394,000.00

Colorado

ERFA: CO21-1, June 26, 2021, Mud and Rockfall on I-70

 $             9,730,000.00

 $10,430,000.00

ERFO: 2022 Division Disaster Assessments

 $                700,000.00

Connecticut

ERFA: CT21-1, September 2, 2021, Remnants from Hurricane Ida

 $             6,030,000.00

 $6,030,000.00

District of
Columbia

ERFA: DC21-1, June 23, 2021, Pedestrian Bridge Destruction - Truck Striking Caused

 $             1,515,505.43

1,515,505.43 

Georgia

ERFA: GA21-1, July 15, 2021, I-16 and SR-86 3rd Party Bridge Hit

 $             5,364,114.00

 $ 9,267,104.00

ERFO: GA2021-3-FS, August 17, 2021 Tropical Storm Fred

 $             3,902,990.00

Idaho

ERFO: ID2017-1-FS, March 16, 2017 Stoddard Bridge Failure

 $             1,222,546.00

 $2,080,118.00

ERFO: ID2019-1-FS, April 9, 2019 Flood in Central Idaho

 $                857,572.00

Illinois

ERFA: IL19-1, April 23, 2019, Storms, Flash Flooding and Major River Flooding

 $             1,465,210.00

 $1,465,210.00

Iowa

ERFA: IA21-1, June 24, 2021, Severe Storm and Flooding

 $                750,000.00

 $750,000.00

Kentucky

ERFA: KY21-2, February 27, 2021, Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides

 $             8,000,000.00

 $11,500,000.00

ERFA: KY22-2, December 31, 2021, Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, and Tornadoes

 $                500,000.00

ERFA: KY22-3, December 10, 2021, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, and Tornadoes

 $             3,000,000.00

Louisiana

ERFA: LA20-1, August 21, 2020, Hurricane Laura

 $             9,020,097.69

 $18,743,618.74

ERFA: LA21-3, August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida

 $             8,322,676.05

ERFO: LA2020-2-FWS, August 21, 2020 Hurricane Laura

 $             1,400,845.00

Maryland

ERFO: MD2019-1-NPS, July 8, 2019 Summer Storm

 $                108,942.00

 $108,942.00

Michigan

ERFA: MI20-1, May 17, 2020, Severe Flooding in Central Michigan

 $           50,000,000.00

 $50,000,000.00

Minnesota

ERFA: MN19-2, April 1, 2019, Heavy Snowmelt and Rainfall

 $                130,000.00

 $230,000.00

ERFA: MN20-1, June 18, 2020, Landslide in Nicollet County

 $                100,000.00

Mississippi

ERFA: MS20-1, February 10,2020, Heavy Rains and Severe Flooding

 $             1,850,451.74

 $5,350,027.65

ERFA: MS20-2, April 12, 2020, Statewide Storms and Flooding

 $                  73,695.00

ERFA: MS22-1, January 10, 2022, Truck collision on Interstate 10 at the East Pearl River Bridge

 $             1,431,230.91

ERFO: MS2020-1-FWS, February 10, 2020 Heavy Rain and Severe Flooding

 $             1,494,650.00

ERFO: MS2020-1-NPS, February 10, 2020 Heavy Rain and Severe Flooding

 $                500,000.00

Missouri

ERFA: MO19-1, March 11, 2019, Severe Storm Systems and Riverine Flooding

 $           10,925,172.49

 $11,925,172.49

ERFO: MO2020-1-NPS, May 3, 2020 Severe Storms and Flood

 $             1,000,000.00

New Jersey

ERFA: NJ21-1, September 1, 2021, Remnants of Hurricane Ida

 $             7,970,174.00

 $7,970,174.00

New York

ERFA: NY01-2, September 11, 2001,, World Trade Center (WTC) 9/11 Attack

 $             2,640,734.19

 $ 7,023,179.73

ERFA: NY13-1, October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy

 $             1,600,000.00

ERFA: NY21-1, August 18, 2021, Remnants of Tropical Storm Fred

 $             2,782,445.54

North Carolina

ERFA: NC21-2, August 17, 2021 Remnants of Tropical Storm Fred

 $             3,800,000.00

 $12,146,737.00

ERFA: NC22-1, November 7, 2021, Coastal Flooding in the Outer Banks

 $             5,084,000.00

ERFO: NC2019-1-BIA, February 25, 2019 Severe Statewide Storms and Flooding

 $                715,115.00

ERFO: NC2020-1-BIA, February 6, 2020 Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding

 $             2,547,622.00

North Dakota

ERFA: ND20-9, March 16, 2020, Basin Flooding

 $             1,250,947.87

 $1,250,947.87

Ohio

ERFA: OH15-1, April 9, 2015 Severe Storms and Landslides

 $                164,751.92

 $2,054,098.09

ERFA: OH16-1, March 1, 2016, Heavy Rainfall, Storms and Landslides

 $             1,058,851.33

ERFA: OH20-2, May 18, 2020, Severe Storms and Flooding

 $                  95,794.84

ERFO: OH2021-1-FS, February 26, 2021 Regional Storm

 $                734,700.00

Oregon

ERFA: OR22-1, December 30, 2021, Storms and Flooding

 $             3,000,000.00

 $3,000,000.00

Pennsylvania

ERFA: PA21-1, August 31, 2021 Hurricane Ida (FEMA Disaster Number: DR-4618-PA)

 $           16,000,000.00

 $17,476,700.00

ERFO: PA2020-1-FWS, July 30, 2020 Tropical Storm Isaias

 $             1,476,700.00

Puerto Rico

ERFA: PR17-1, September 6, 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria

 $         156,877,023.29

 $159,801,516.29

ERFO: PR2020-1-FS, July 27, 2020 Tropical Storm Isaias

 $             2,110,311.00

ERFO: PR2020-1-FWS, July 27, 2020 Tropical Storm Isaias

 $                814,182.00

Tennessee

ERFA: TN17-1, April 23, 2017, Slope Failures and Flooding due to Severe Rain

 $                135,769.63

 $ 18,405,220.49

ERFA: TN19-1, November 27, 2018, Rockslide on I-24 at MM 136.2

 $                326,612.88

ERFA: TN19-3, July 11, 2019, Rockslide I-75 at MM 143.2

 $                881,103.00

ERFO: TN2019-1-FS, February 6, 2019 Southeast Floods

 $             5,828,785.98

ERFO: TN2020-1-FS, January 15, 2020 Severe Storm and Flood

 $             1,313,896.00

ERFO: TN2020-1-NPS, January 15, 2020 Severe Storm and Flood

 $             1,074,214.00

ERFO: TN2020-2-FS, April 12, 2020 Severe Storm and Flood

 $             6,541,557.00

ERFO: TN2021-1-FS, August 21, 2021 Tropical Storm Fred

 $             2,303,282.00

Utah

ERFA: UT21-1, August 1, 2021, Extreme Statewide Flooding

 $             1,118,116.00

 $3,521,919.95

 

ERFO: UT2019-1-FS, April 27, 2019 Avalanche, Flood and Slope Repair

 $             2,403,803.95

Vermont

ERFA: VT17-1, June 29, 2017, Storms and Severe Flooding

 $             1,500,000.00

$1,500,000.00

Virginia

ERFO: VA2020-2-FS, April 12, 2020 Southeast Storm

 $                985,206.00

 $ 4,912,687.00

ERFO: VA2020-3-FS, May 21, 2020 Heavy Rains and Flooding

 $             1,600,000.00

ERFO: VA2022-MSAR, 2022-2023 MSAR Budget

 $             2,327,481.00

Washington

ERFA: WA19-1, December 10, 2018, Severe Storms, Extreme rainfall, Flooding and Landslides

 $             2,186,911.00

 $ 21,049,517.00

ERFA: WA20-4, August 19, 2020, Numerous Statewide Wildfires

 $             5,125,317.00

ERFA: WA21-2, May 2, 2021, Bridge Damage from 3rd Party Collision on SR 518 in King County

 $             1,171,311.00

ERFA: WA21-3, June 24, 2021, Excessive Heat Event

 $                540,000.00

ERFA: WA21-4, July 6, 2021, Bridge Damage from 3rd Party Collision on SR 506 over I5

 $                635,446.00

ERFA: WA21-5, September 27, 2021, 3rd Party Bridge Collision I-5 and 12th St. Snohomish County

 $             1,854,181.00

ERFA: WA22-1, November 12, 2021, Severe Winds, Rainstorms, Extensive Flooding and Landslides

 $             6,290,674.00

ERFA: WA22-2, November 15, 2021, 3rd Party Bridge Collision on Koontz Road

 $             1,072,793.00

ERFA: WA22-3, December 17, 2021, Severe Rainstorm, Flooding and Avalanches

 $             1,930,000.00

ERFO: WA2020-1-FS, January 20, 2020 Severe Storm and Flood

 $                242,884.00

Total

$513,173,014.48

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