September 21, 2012
Harkin Announces More than $2.6 Million in FEMA Funding for Iowa
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Harkin (D-IA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $2,631,186 to Iowa. The funding will go to the Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative to strengthen electric distribution lines to better withstand the effects of ice, snow and high winds.
“Inclement weather can have a real impact on the infrastructure and power sources in our state and can affect everyday life for Iowans,” said Harkin. “This funding will help prevent instances where weather causes electrical problems.”
Details of the funding are as follows:
Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative – $2,631,186 to strengthen 48 miles of electric distribution lines in Davis, Van Buren and Wapello counties. The project includes installing additional poles, replacing existing poles with higher strength poles and replacing aging copper conductors.