The U.S. Department of Transportation Highway Administration has released $2 million more in aid for New York counties to handle road repairs in the wake of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

The money, available for 31 counties, will go toward repairs of damaged roads and bridges and cleanup of debris.

"Fixing our roads and bridges needs to be one of our top priorities as we recover from the storms," U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said in a news release.

"Washed-out roads and bridges choke off our rural communities from small businesses and put a huge drag on the recovery. This federal funding will help upstate New York quickly make the necessary repairs that will get our roads and highways up and running again."

New York suffered flooding and substantial damage to roads and bridges from the storms in late August. The Highway Administration issued $5 million in late September for repairs from storm damage for the affected counties.

Clinton County received $15,000 from that allocation to repair damage on Rand Hill Road across from the American Legion Post 1619.

"After miles of roads, highways and bridges were washed away by these severe storms, this emergency funding is an important step to rebuild," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a statement.

The federal Highway Administration will decide how to dole out the latest $2 million allotment based on county requests.

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