State seeks funds for rural electric cooperatives

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa is appealing a federal decision to deny disaster aid to four rural electrical cooperatives.

Branstad announced Tuesday that the appeal had been filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The four cooperatives are located in Northwest Iowa where utility lines were damaged in an ice storm in the spring.

In August, FEMA denied a request for $19 million in funding based on the fact that the utilities had not done enough laboratory testing on the wires.

Branstad says communities need the funding to help them recover. The appeal was filed in conjunction with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative, Osceola Electric Cooperative, and Sanborn Electric and Telecommunications Utility.

FEMA has 90 days to respond.

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