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Yakima County getting money back for road repairs

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima County is getting money back from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

They're giving over $1.5 billion to states and territories hit by natural disasters.

Almost $8.5 million will go to the local Department of Transportation office for the landslide that happened along Highway 410 in the Nile Valley back in October of 2009.

They say emergency funding is very important, and without it things like road maintenance might not be able to happen.

"Without the ER funds, our budget to maintain and operate our state highways would be impacted directly," said Troy Suing, program management engineer for the DOT.

Suing says it's impossible for the DOT to budget for these types of events, so when it does happen it stretches them very thin.

The money comes from the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program.