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$23 million in FEMA money to help local electric cooperatives

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Three rural electric cooperatives in Eastern Iowa will be sharing more than $23 million dollars to help keep the power on as winter approaches.

The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Program.  The program is designed to help reduce the impact of future disasters.

"As winter approaches, it is important that rural Iowans have a reliable electrical supply," Congressman Dave Loebsack said in a written statement. "By strengthening the distribution lines before a storm or natural disaster we will help safeguard our communities."

The East Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative will get $8,436,237 to retrofit 246 miles of electrical distribution lines in Benton, Buchanan, Fayette, Bremer, Black Hawk, Linn, Delaware, Clayton, Tama, Iowa and Johnson counties.

$11,061,988 will help the Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative retrofit 165.3 miles of overhead electrical distribution lines in Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson and Jones counties as well as portions of Buchanan, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton and Linn counties.

TIP Rural Electric Cooperative is getting $3,994,407 to retrofit 64.75 miles of electrical distribution lines in Tama, Benton, Linn, Poweshiek, Iowa, Johnson, Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington, Wapello and Jefferson counties.

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