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MnDOT Gets $1M To Repair Spring Flood Damage

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has received $1 million in federal funds to continue repairing roads and bridges damaged by floods as a result of the spring snowmelt.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the structures were damaged by erosion and seepage. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday the money will help restore the structures so people can travel safely.

More than 40 counties and tribal nations experienced widespread flooding, which occurred when a snowpack with the highest water content in 60 years melted.

The so-called quick-release emergency funds come from the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration. The relief program provides money for the repair or reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

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