MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Department of Transportation is sending Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine millions of dollars to help repair roads damaged in storms earlier this year.

Vermont will get the lion’s share – $15.3 million – for damage from spring floods and Tropical Storm Irene in August. Some estimates say the repairs could ultimately cost as much as $250 million.

Maine will receive almost $755,400, and New Hampshire will get $132,000.

The grants are part of $215 million being released to 37 states and territories.