FEMA to reimburse Kansas counties for November storm damage

President Obama has granted Gov. Mark Parkinson's request for federal assistance to help cover the cost of damage to three northern Kansas counties from a mid-November winter storm.

The FEMA Public Assistance Program will reimburse Marshall, Republic and Washington counties for around $15 million in damage done primarily to their respective nonprofit Rural Electric Cooperatives.

"Winter storms can be extremely costly for local governments, so we appreciate the President granting our request," Parkinson said in a statement. "This will help Kansas communities restore their utilities and recoup some of their storm-related expenses."

Damage to the electric infrastructure caused several thousand area customers to lose power.

The Public Assistance Program provides funds to restore public infrastructure, including roads, bridges and utilities.