A community hoping for help in recovering from December's ice storm received bad news from FEMA.
Holton City Manager Glenn Rodden says FEMA has told him the city will not receive federal financial assistance rebuilding its utility system.
An engineering firm told Rodden it will cost $2.5 million.
Rodden says FEMA reimbursed the city $365,000 for repairs it made to get power restored. But he says the city considered those fixes temporary to get everyone back on as soon as possible.
Rodden says Holton and other municipal utilities and rural electric coops in Kansas, including Clay Center and the Brown/Atchison coop, were told the damage didn't qualify for rebuilding assistance. He says FEMA reps will visit in about two weeks to give a further explanation and outline the appeals process. He says he has plans to pursue an appeal of their decision.