Federal aid in the amount of $26 million giving to repair roads and highways. They are damaging by storms and other natural disasters in the Southeastern region.
Federal Government and Emergency Relief Grants
North Carolina is among 42 states and more associated areas are benefitting. It would be from $1.39 billion in Emergency Relief grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). It was announcing this month that it would be awarded.
“It is critical that this emergency relief funding goes to restore the vital transportation links. They were damaging by the severe weather. Plus other unexpecting events that are heavily relying upon by communities for the daily travel.” This is what Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. This is based on her statement.
Funding will Help Almost 200 Emergency Events
Thus, helping nearly 200 emergency events is what this funding will do, the USDOT said. In fact, North Carolina’s allocation is requiring to be using to repairing damage from Tropical Storms Zeta and Alberto, Hurricanes Florence and Dorians, and other damage from the heavy rains plus the flooding.
“Also, the funds are going to help pay for the necessary reconstruction or the replacement of the damaged highways and bridges along with the arrangement of the detours and the replacement of damaged safety devices,” the USDOT has said in its December 21st announcement.
Tropical Zeta has caused $3.9 billion in damage in the U.S. in 2020. Moreover, this information was basing on what was giving by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Therefore, the National Centers for Environment Information has estimated Zeta caused $550 million in damages in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Moreover, causing $125 million in damage, Tropical Storm Alberto hit in 2018. Hurricane Florence, the NOAA has estimated, caused by Hurricane Florence in 2018, totaled about $24 billion. Thus, this is related to wind and water damage. In fact, the hurricane has caused almost $17 billion in damages in North Carolina, according to Governor Roy Cooper’s office. Also, Hurricane Dorian did cost the U.S. $1.6 billion in 2019 with $40 million to $50 million in damages in North Carolina, this is according to officials.