The Federal Highway Administration recently issued $4.6 million in “quick release” emergency relief or ER funds to the California Department of Transportation to offset costs of infrastructure repair work required due to storm damage resulting from heavy rain, wind, flooding, and mudslides across the state in March.
[Above photo by Caltrans]
“[We are] working closely with Caltrans to assess and repair the damage caused by extreme weather in counties throughout the state,” noted FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt in a statement.
“The quick release funding we are providing will help get those repairs done as soon as possible and better prepare this area for future weather events,” he added.
California experienced heavy winter storm activity in late February, which generated damaging winds, substantial precipitation, widespread flooding, debris flows, and significant snowfall across much of the state.
The storms caused damages and closed roads in 43 of the 58 counties in California.
Storms have heavily damaged coastlines, community evacuation routes, public roads, and federal-aid highways. These damages include mudslides, landslides, and sinkholes, while washing-out and flooding many roads.
That money is in addition to $29.4 million in emergency funding FHWA issued to Caltrans and four U.S. federal land management agencies earlier this year after multiple storms and flooding events damaged roads, bridges, and highways in late 2022 and early 2023.
Caltrans received $10.2 million from that ER fund disbursement in January, with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation getting the remaining $19.2 million to repair federal land areas in California damaged by flooding, landslides, and mudslides.