- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials say five electric cooperatives are using state and federal disaster funds to bury hundreds of miles of power lines to protect against widespread outages from storms.

The cooperatives are burying more than 530 miles of line damaged in a powerful storm that struck 14 western South Dakota counties last year.

Officials say the cost of the line-burying project is estimated at more than $32 million.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying 75 percent of the cost. The state provided 10 percent and the cooperatives paid the remaining 15 percent.

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