Delegation Announces More than $3.4 Million in FEMA Grants to Help Electric Co-ops Recover From Flood Damage

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $3,427,376 in federal funding to two North Dakota electric cooperatives to help them recover from this spring’s devastating floods.


"Our utilities — as well as our communities  — were hit hard by floods this year. This funding will help rebuild the infrastructure at two key electric co-ops and help maintain a reliable source of power for our communities," the delegation said in a joint statement. 


Verendrye Electric Cooperative, based in Minot and Velva, will receive $1,916,795 to replace and repair transformers and other electrical equipment inundated by floodwaters earlier this year.  Verendyre provides electric service to approximately 11,000 members in 134 townships located in a seven county area.


Capital Electric Cooperative, based in Bismarck, will receive $1,510,580 to restore transformers and other electrical equipment that were inundated by this year's flooding disaster.  Capital Electric serves Burleigh and southern Sheridan counties as well as portions of Emmons, Kidder and McLean.


This grant was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security with funds appropriated by Congress.