Sisolak declares emergency after earthquake road damage found to be extensive

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Sisolak declares emergency after earthquake road damage found to be extensive

Damage to transportation routes estimated to cost $700,000 to repair.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday declared a state of emergency after a 6.5 earthquake on May 15 caused more extensive damage to roadways than was originally thought.

The earthquake caused extensive damage to U.S. 95 and Routes 360 and 6 in Esmeralda, Mineral, and Nye counties, according to a news release from the governor’s office. No one was reported injured in the early-morning quake, the largest in Nevada in six decades that’s been followed by several large aftershocks.

“Nevadans and those traveling through our state need safe roads. We will do everything in our power to maintain the safety and security of everyone traveling on our roadways,” Sisolak said in the release. “This declaration of emergency will help the Nevada Department of Transportation respond quickly and efficiently.” 

After emergency repairs were performed to open the roadways, further inspection of the highways found that the extent of damage was expected to exceed $700,000,

The emergency declaration lets Nevada access Federal Highway Administration emergency response funding. 

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