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An intersection just east of Estes Park is swallowed by the Big Thompson River on Sept. 17, 2013.

An intersection just east of Estes Park is swallowed by the Big Thompson River on Sept. 17, 2013.

DENVER — The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that $30 million will be given to Colorado to help with disaster assistance including the rebuilding of roads, highways and bridges that were damaged across the Front Range during recent flooding.

The funds, issued through the department’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program along with the Emergency Relief Program, will allow CDOT to begin repairs immediately on roadways that were critically damaged over the past week.

The announcement came after the U.S. Department of Transportation gave the state $5 million in “quick relief” funds last week to start rebuilding Colorado’s infrastructure.

“The catastrophic flooding Colorado has endured literally washed away roads and highways along the Front Range and in the foothills,” Senator Mark Udall said Wednesday.

Senators Udall and Michael Bennet said they have been fighting to ensure that Colorado has the federal resources and tools to respond to and recover from this tragic disaster since the flooding began last Thursday.

“Repairing the damage to roads and bridges from these floods is going to be one of our largest challenges,” Bennet said. “Rebuilding will take time, but these critical resources will help crews get to work right away. This is just the beginning of a long recovery effort, and we will rise to the occasion to rebuild better than before.”

On Tuesday, Udall and Bennet spoke from the U.S. Senate floor about the devastating Colorado floods, and the resilience and strength the state has shown over the past week.