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Flooding Costs Iowa Millions

The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) administers the Federal Highway Emergency Relief Program during eligible disasters in Iowa.  This includes monitoring projects for Iowa’s federally funded transportation systems submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during disasters. From this Iowa DOT document, you will see that the breakdown includes an estimated Emergency Work along with estimated Permanent Work. There are several differences in emergency work verses permanent work. FHWA will pay 100 percent of all costs associated to emergency work if completed within 180 days of the beginning of the disaster; this work can be completed by local forces or contract work. Permanent work can only be completed by contract; FHWA will pay 90 percent on Interstate systems and 80 percent on other federal aid routes.

During a disaster FHWA requires that eligible counties receive a Governor’s Proclamation and estimated damage costs (all counties combined) must be greater than $700,000 federal-share.

In the state of Iowa all roadways maintained by the Iowa DOT are considered FHWA ER eligible. All county and DNR routes classified as a major collector or above as well as city routes classified as collector or above are considered FHWA ER eligible. Railroad crossings on FHWA ER routes, damaged during eligible disasters are also eligible for FHWA ER funds. This link can be used to view federal aid classification maps.

Damages to non-federal aid routes would be submitted to the FEMA PA program, the Iowa DOT does not track costs on non-federal aid routes.


Last modified on June 16th, 2015
Posted on February 13th, 2012

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