The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced it will increase its emergency funding to $ 15 million following the devastating floods that devastated America’s first national park.
National Park Service Director Chuck Sams and Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholey previously announced that $ 50 million would be allocated to launch recovery efforts, while the FHWA increased their commitment to $ 65 million for “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds. By the National Park Service, Montana Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
In a release, the administration called it a “down payment”, with $ 60 million going directly to the Parks Service and $ 3 million and $ 2 million going directly to the Montana Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
The ER program provides monkeys to states, territories, tribes and federal land management agencies for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.
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FHWA said the quick release funds would be used to reopen roads and prevent any damage to Yellowstone and additional ER funding would be available later.
It also provides technical assistance to the National Park Service.
“The catastrophic floods in Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding communities are a significant setback to the region’s critical tourism industry, affecting workers, their families and the economy. This will come if we do not make an effort to ensure that our infrastructure is ready to handle the more frequent and severe weather, ”said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollock in a statement. We are ready to give. “
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The National Park Service says the initial $ 50 million will be used to restore temporary access to Gardiner and Cook City, Montana, as well as other sites.
It said it would look for opportunities to restore limited visitor access at the park’s north entrance and was working with the FHWA on a range of temporary and permanent options to restore access to Silver Gate and Cook City at the park’s northeast entrance. .
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The park reopened its southern loop this week.