HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut has received $51 million in federal money to help repair roads that were damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irene and the rare October snowstorm.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Relief Program were announced Thursday by Connecticut’s congressional delegation.

Irene washed out or destroyed roadways in Connecticut when it struck the shoreline as a tropical storm in late August, ravaging buildings and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses.

The lawmakers say the grants awarded to the Connecticut Department of Transportation will help repair damaged roads, highways and infrastructure.

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