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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