- Associated Press - Thursday, April 4, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. Transportation Department has approved $25 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to quickly repair Nebraska roads damaged by devastating floods last month.

The federal department describes the money as “quick release” funding to be used to restore essential traffic and prevent additional damage at locations affected by severe flooding. It will also support efforts to restore traffic and open routes for medical and food supplies for people and livestock. The department says an initial estimate of damage tops $160 million - more than half the state’s annual apportionment of federal-aid funds. That number is expected to climb as additional damage assessment information is received.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said in a news release Thursday that initial inspections have identified over 300 road sites that need repairs and are eligible for emergency relief funds.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation estimates nearly 190 highway miles and 27 state bridges have sustained flood-related damages.

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