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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Lake County News: Thompson announces nearly $2 million grant to repair infrastructure damaged by Valley Fire

Dec 9, 2015
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Lake County News Staff Reports

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) announced Monday a $1,975,339 Emergency Relief grant for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of the Valley fire.

The funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

“The Valley fire caused untold amounts of damage to critical infrastructure, and we’re just in the initial stages of the repair process,” said Thompson. “It’s going to be long way back. There is a lot of rebuilding in front of us, and road repairs are a big part of it. These funds will help us continue our progress.”

Emergency Relief funds are awarded to a state after the president or governor issues a formal emergency declaration and the state files a request for Emergency Relief 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 predisaster condition.

The Valley fire has caused significant damage to area highways. The highway damage involves pavements, signs, guardrails and safety features, destabilized slopes and embankments, and debris from trees and burned structures.

Thompson represents California’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.