Transportation Secretary releases $2 million in flood relief funds

On November 7, 2011, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that $2 million in emergency funds will be immediately available for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to further repair bridges and roads affected by Tropical Storm Lee flooding.

"The Obama Administration stands ready to provide emergency relief to New York as it recovers from the damages caused by Tropical Storm Lee," LaHood said. "We are making funds available right away to restore roads and bridges."

The storm, which ravaged several areas already inundated by waters from Hurricane Irene just two weeks earlier, also severely damaged transportation infrastructure across northeastern and upstate New York. NYSDOT says the funds will be used to quickly reopen critical traffic arteries by repairing washed out bridges and roadways and clearing lingering debris from roadways.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) guidelines for keeping workers safe during cleanup and recovery after major storms provide information on several topics, including electrical safety, decontamination, safety equipment, personal safety products, and portable ladder safety.

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