Federal Emergency Relief Funding Coming To Oklahoma

$36,161,496 In Emergency Relief Funding On Its Way To Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, welcomed news from the Federal Highways Administration today that the federal government is making $36,161,496 in emergency relief funding to the State of Oklahoma available immediately to cover costs incurred to repair road and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters and catastrophic events. 

"I am pleased that the Federal government will be making over $36 million in emergency relief funds available for Oklahoma," Senator Inhofe said. "Communities across Oklahoma will greatly benefit from this much needed funding. This funding will be used for repairs or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads on Federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophic failures.

"As the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, meeting Oklahoma's transportation needs has long been a top priority of mine. This is much needed money and I am happy to see it on its way to Oklahoma."

Background:

Title 23, U.S.C., Section 125, authorizes an Emergency Relief (ER) program within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads on Federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophic failures from an external cause. These funds are awarded to a State after the President or the Governor issues a formal emergency declaration and the State files a request for ER for the cost of damages to its eligible highways.  Eligible repair work includes emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or protect the remaining facilities as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition.

Total For Oklahoma - $36,161,496

OK07-2, May 4 - 11, 2007 Flooding - $2,352,482

Rainfall and flooding between May 4th and 11th, 2007 caused damages to Federal-aid highways.  Typical damages included: flood-damaged or destroyed roadway embankments and surfaces; drainage structure damage; bridge damage; and timber debris on roadways, ditches, drainage structures, and bridges.  The following counties were affected by this event:  Atoka, Caddo, Canadian, Cotton, Dewey, Ellis, Grady, Grant, Hughes, Kay, Logan, Noble, Okfuskee, Pottawatomie, Roger Mills, and Tillman.

OK07-3, May 24 - June 10, 2007 Flooding - $4,446,404

Rainfall and flooding between May 24th and June 10th, 2007 caused damages to Federal-aid highways.  Typical damages included: flood-damaged or destroyed roadway embankments and surfaces; drainage structure damage; bridge damage; and timber debris on roadways, ditches, drainage structures, and bridges.  The following counties were affected by this event:  Atoka, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Choctaw, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Creek, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Harper, Jefferson, Johnston, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Love, Major, Mayes, McClain, McIntosh, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tillman, Wagoner, Woods, and Woodward.

OK07-4, July 10 SH 82 Landslide - $5,690,000

Excessive rainfall on July 10, 2007 resulted in a saturated embankment leading to a landslide that damaged State Highway 82.  Latimer County was affected by this event.

OK07-5, August 18, 2007 Tropical Storm Erin - $6,188,889

On August 18, 2007, Tropical Storm Erin produced rainfall and flooding that caused damages to Federal-aid highways.  Typical damages included: flood-damaged or destroyed roadway embankments and surfaces; drainage structure damage; bridge damage; and timber debris on roadways, ditches, drainage structures, and bridges.  The following counties were affected by this event:  Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Grady, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Oklahoma, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Stephens, and Washington.

OK08-1, December 8, 2007 Ice Storm - $10,425,000

A December 8, 2007 Ice Storm caused damages to Federal-aid highways.  The primary damages resulting from this event was extensive fallen timber debris deposited on the highway.  The following counties were affected by this event:  Caddo, Cleveland, Creek, Grady, Lincoln, Mayes, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Payne, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington.

OK08-2, April 9, 2008 Storms - $6,112,211

Severe storms beginning on April 9, 2008, caused damages to Federal-aid highways.  The State requested Emergency Relief assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures on Federal-aid highways in Rogers County.  State Highway (SH) 20 was severely damaged by a landslide at Keetonville Hill about 0.9 miles west of the Verdigris River resulting in the closure of SH 20.

OK08-4, June 2008 Heavy Rains - $946,510

Heavy rains from June 3 - 20, 2008 caused damages to Federal-aid highways.  Typical damages included flood damaged roadway embankments and surfaces, drainage structures, and bridges.  Timber debris from the storm was deposited on roadways, bridges, and in ditches and drainage structures.  The following counties were affected by this event:  Caddo, Garfield, Grant, Kay, Nowata, Okfuskee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, and Roger Mills.

 

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