The US Department of Transportation has unveiled a plan to provide $215m to states across the country to repair roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters.

The funding will come from US Government’s emergency relief programme and will be given to 34 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and federal lands agencies.

Out of the total funding, California state will receive $43.4m for flooding and earthquakes, North Dakota will receive $31.5m for flooding in the Devil’s Lake region and Vermont will receive $15.4m to repair road projects damaged by flooding and Hurricane Irene.

The money will be used for fixing and replacing highways, bridges and other roadway structures, while the funding will also cover costs associated with detours, debris removal and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow.