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Tue April 17, 2012
State gets money for 2011 road damage
Wyoming will receive more than 20 million dollars in federal money to pay for damage caused to state roads by landslides and flooding last year.
Due to extreme wet weather and flooding, Wyoming sustained damage to roads at 60 sites in 13 counties including the dry sandstone slide on Wyo 70 near Baggs, a slide on highway 26-89 in the Snake River Canyon and a washout on Wyoming 130 east of Saratoga that led to the deaths of four people who were drowned by flood waters.
The U-S Department of Transportation awarded the state nearly 21 million dollars to pay for what it termed was unprecedented snow pack, rapid snowmelt and spring rains that led major flooding throughout the state from May to July in 2011. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials say their total price tag for repairing roads and addressing erosion cost the state 32 million dollars.