Kansas Collective Dispute With FEMA

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas utilities collective is trying to resolve its dispute with FEMA over repairs for facilities damaged in December's ice storm.

The 26 Kansas utilities provide electric service to more than 300,000 residents. They say they have line sections that still need to be replaced and restored to pre-disaster condition.

But FEMA officials say the utilities have not shown evidence of the damage.

Anita Westervelt, external affairs officer for FEMA, says the agency has paid about 52 million dollars for repairs from the storm.

Kansas Electric Cooperatives says the state has estimated damage to be about 340 million dollars for electric cooperatives.

The organization says the money authorized so far has not returned electrical systems to pre-disaster condition.

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