FEMA has provided more than one-point-two-million dollars in additional Public Assistance funding to a southeastern South Dakota electric cooperative.
The one-point-two-million dollars was provided to the Southeastern Electric Cooperative to complete repairs to bring the damaged and destroyed parts of the electric distribution system back to their pre-disaster design, function, and capacity. Southeastern serves the counties of McCook, Hutchinson, Turner, Lincoln, and Union.
The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued in June of 2019. FEMA has provided a total of $51.8 million to South Dakota communities for that disaster.
The 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.
The program provides at least a 75-percent funding share for eligible costs. Remaining costs are the responsibility of the state and local applicants for assistance.