ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — Arkansas will be receiving millions in emergency relief for roads and bridges damaged caused by recent natural disasters in the state, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced.

According to a press release, the $11.9 million funds will be used to reimburse the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and the Forest Service for repairs to roads and bridges damaged by flooding in the Northwest part of the state in 2021 and Ozark-St.Francis National Forest in 2021.

USDOT says the funds provided are part of an overall $513.2 million Emergency Relief Program funding package to help 30 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico make repairs.

These funds will help communities across our nation repair roads and bridges damaged by severe weather events, which are becoming incresaingly common because of climate change. From recent hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast, to wildfires in California and floods and mudslides in numerous states, we must address the devasting impacts of climate change and work to build more sustainable transporation infrastructure to better withstand its impacts for years to come.

U.S. Transporation Secretary Pete Buttigieg