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FEMA Approves Funding for Sioux Valley Southwestern Electric Cooperative


FEMA Approves Funding for Sioux Valley Southwestern Electric Cooperative


SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA has approved more than $1.2 million to reimburse Sioux Valley Southwestern Electric Cooperative for emergency cleanup and restoration of electric service after a severe winter storm last year. High winds and heavy icing caused widespread damage in the cooperative’s territory leaving nearly 10,000 customers in Lake, Minnehaha and Moody counties without power and damaging hundreds of poles, power lines, and other equipment.


The $1.2 million from FEMA represents a 75 percent federal cost-share for the project. The State of South Dakota will provide an additional $161,000 in funding for the project with the cooperative responsible for the remaining costs.


The federal funding is provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program, which reimburses state, tribal, local and certain non-profit agencies for a portion of the repair and rebuilding of public infrastructure damaged as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster.


FEMA has currently obligated a total of more than $33.2 million in Public Assistance grant funds to South Dakota as a result of the winter storms and spring flooding.  This was one of four federal disaster declarations for South Dakota in 2019. 


Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.