US infrastructure damage from storms, flooding totaled $1.2B in first six months of year: analysis

US infrastructure damage from storms, flooding totaled $1.2B in first six months of year: analysis
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Storms and flooding did a combined $1.2 billion in damage to U.S. infrastructure across 24 states during the first six months of 2019, according to an Associated Press tally. 

The news service included damage to roads, bridges, utilities, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment and parks. 

The $1.2 billion total is expected to rise as several states have yet to complete assessments for recent disasters, including Tropical Storm Barry in Louisiana, the AP noted. 

Most of the damage included, but not all, will be eligible for federal aid, it added. 

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Nebraska had the highest amount of damage, based on states with assessed values. Floods between March 9 and April 1 caused damage totaling $435.9 million, according to the AP report. Nebraska also has ongoing assessments for floods between April and July. 

Iowa had the second-largest amount of damage, with floods between March 12 and June 15, the AP noted, causing $132.7 million in damage.

California storms, floods and landslides in February and March caused damage totaling almost $102 million. 

Twenty-one other states had damage contributing to the $1.2 billion total: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.