January 8, 2013
Harkin Announces More than $1.6 Million for Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has been awarded $1,642,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Program (HMP). The funds will be used to replace and strengthen 76.4 miles of electrical distribution lines to better withstand the effects of storms in Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties.
Harkin was the chief sponsor of legislation that greatly expanded FEMA’s HMP following the floods of 1993. The program provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.
“Structural improvements that provide reliable, affordable electricity contribute to the economic development of these rural communities and the quality of life for the residents that they serve,” said Harkin. “I congratulate the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative on this federal grant and look forward to the improvements it will generate.”