Ice Storm Costs Still Adding Up

Area communities say it will take thousands, even millions, of dollars to recover from December's ice storms.

The Clay Center Dispatch reports damage to city property, including parks, came to $250,000. Clay Center lost 42 trees trees in public areas and two sewer system lift stations needed new motors when ice build-up burned out the old ones.

Holton is facing an entire rebuild of its utility system. Two-and-a-half inches of ice damaged and weakened poles and transformers. City manager Glenn Rodden says it could cost $2.5 million and take 18-months to do.

For both communities, FEMA is expected to pay part of the costs.


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