The U.S. Department of Transportation will release $5 million in emergency funding to help repair roads and bridges damaged by record flooding in the Minot area, North Dakotaâ€™s congressional delegation announced Monday.
In a written statement, Rep. Rick Berg and Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven said repairing and restoring transportation infrastructure is an â€œimportant step.â€
â€œWe have a lot of work ahead of us as we rebuild the Minot area and other communities damaged by floodwaters,â€ they wrote. â€œThese road funds will help get the recovery process moving forward.â€
The Souris River in Minot appears to have crested Sunday at a record level of 1,561.7 feet above sea level.
The emergency grant was awarded through the Federal Highway Administrationâ€™s emergency relief program, which reimburses states and counties for infrastructure repairs following natural disasters or catastrophic events.
The delegation said $5 million is â€œonly a small portionâ€ of the federal aid that will be needed in the flood recovery. But â€œevery little bit counts,â€ and they said they will continue to push for the necessary federal resources and assistance.