Stimulus Money to Rehab Dams

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Texas
and 10 other states will share nearly $45 million in aid from the economic stimulus program to rehabilitate aging dams.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says many dams and other important flood control structures across the country "are in a race against time."

Texas will receive nearly $5 million. The federal aid is designed to revitalize rural communities and bolster deteriorating dams that could fail and threaten lives and property.

Vilsack estimates the funds will create about 1,000 jobs.

The program requires state and local sponsors to provide 35 percent of the funding for their projects.

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