Severe ice storms hit Iowa in 2013, downing electric transmission lines managed by 3 rural electrical cooperatives and one municipal utility. All 4 utilities qualified for FEMA funds to support emergency repairs. However, financial support for permanent restoration was denied.
Witt O’Brien’s solution
The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives asked us to help appeal FEMA’s determination of funding eligibility for these 4 utilities. We worked closely with utility leaders and legal counsel to review FEMA policy and precedent, and then to develop, document and submit 4 appeals to FEMA.
All 4 appeals were successful, with the 4 applicants reimbursed by FEMA for nearly $20 million in electric transmission line restoration costs.