State Officials: Flooding Damage to Roads at $30 Million

July 31, 2008

State officials say emergency repairs to Iowa’s roads are costing about $30 million and climbing.

State officials say the funding has been needed after record flooding last month. Flooding forced the closure of 464 miles of Iowa’s state highway system, including 303 bridges and culverts. Officials say county roads also suffered.

The estimates came as the Iowa Department of Transportation began submitting damage reports to the Federal Highway Administration to seek federal disaster money.

Department of Transportation Director Nancy Richardson says it’s too early to describe the full extent of damage to Iowa’s roads.

Source: The Des Moines Register.

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