LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky is getting $3 million from the federal government to help fix flood-damaged roads and bridges within the state.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration announced on Monday that $3 million in Emergency Relief program funds have been allocated for the state.

"Flash flooding has caused widespread damage to the Commonwealth," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, in a statement. "These emergency funds will expedite the repair process and help ensure that federal-aid highways and bridges can be accessible as quickly as possible."

The so-called "quick release" funding is expected to pay for repairs to restore essential traffic and prevent additional damage at emergency repair locations in Kentucky.

Flooding caused extensive damage -- including embankment failures and highway erosion -- in 38 counties across eastern and southeastern Kentucky earlier this year. Total damage from the event is estimated at $29.8 million.

"This initial 'quick release' payment is considered a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while the state continues damage assessments for long-term repairs," the news release states.

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