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State, FEMA award $20 Million for cooperative’s blizzard recovery


PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) – South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will award more than $20 million to Grand Electric Cooperative for damages caused by October, 2013, blizzard.


The public-assistance funds reimburse the cooperative for repair or replacement of power lines and poles damaged by the storm in Butte, Corson, Harding, Meade, Perkins and Ziebach counties.


The federal share of reimbursement of eligible damages is nearly $17.8 million, or 75 percent of the cost. The state’s 10 percent share is nearly $2.4 million. Grand Electric provides the remaining 15 percent, about $3.6 million.