WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced $5.7 million in U.S. Dept. of Transportation funding for road work necessary in the wake of last week’s floods.

The money was made available through the DOT’s Quick Release program to clear federal highways and perform other emergency work.

“Last week’s thunderstorms devastated parts of central and southeastern West Virginia, destroying and severely damaging many roads, bridges and highways,” Capito said in a statement. “For some of the hardest hit areas, these thoroughfares are essential for residents who need to get to work or travel to receive medical care.”

“I am pleased the Department of Transportation has stepped up to provide much needed relief to West Virginia as we begin to recover from this devastating flood,” Manchin said. “This historic flooding has completely devastated 44 West Virginia counties.”