- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State officials say northwest Iowa utilities will receive $19 million in federal funding to repair electrical systems that were damaged in a 2013 ice storm.

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed a previous denial of disaster aid to three rural electric cooperatives and one municipal utility.

An ice storm in April 2013 caused millions of dollars in damage to electric utility lines in Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties.

In August 2013 FEMA denied a request for $19 million to repair the damaged lines, saying there was no verification that the damage was a direct result of the storm.

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management appealed the denial twice before the funding was approved.

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