Utility groups will appeal FEMA ice storm decision

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A group of Kansas utilities and the Federal
Emergency Management Agency are still at odds about the funding
needed to repair damage after a December 2007 ice storm.

FEMA announced this week that it would provide $63.5 million in
reimbursement for repairs throughout Kansas. But that total is well
below the $320 million sought by the Kansas Electric Cooperatives.

The cooperatives' executive vice president, Stuart Lowry, said
the companies will appeal the decision in lieu of more funding from
FEMA to ``replace what can't be repaired.''

But FEMA External Affairs Officer Anita Westervelt says that the
agency can't make the companies ``brand new facilities after the
storm and be good stewards of taxpayer money.''

FEMA and the utility officials held a series of meetings in July
and August but came to no resolution concerning repairs from the
storm that left 115,000 without power.
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