The city of Windom is expected to receive much need federal funds from FEMA after they were hit with an April ice storm.
Last week President Obama declared a major federal disaster for five southwestern Minnesota Counties. Shows us how the city of Windom has recovered so far from the extensive damage caused by the storm.
Looking at it now it's hard to imagine that exactly a month ago that Windom was hit by a major ice storm causing widespread power outages and other signification damage.
Director for the Cottonwood County Emergency Management, Kim Hall says, "It was unbelievable, branches were everywhere and the snow was still pretty think and heavy on the trees."
City of Windom Mayor, Cory Maricle says, "I've moved here in '96 and this was the worst I've ever seen. You could stand outside and just here the trees cracking that morning."
The storm downed power lines and caused extensive tree damage. The city hauled around 500 loads of debris out to a site to deposit it.
City Administrator, Steve Nasby says, "There was about a half inch of ice buildup and that produced a lot of weight on the tress. There were a number of trees and branches that caused traffic and clean up issues."
Hall says, "Damages in Cottonwood County including the city and South Central Electric Co-Op is approximately $1 million."
Approximately 130 electric poles needed to be replaced resulting in $600,000 in damage.
It took around 5 days for Employees at South Central Electric to completely restore power making FEMA'S assistance critical for the city and South Central Eclectic to get back on its feet.
Maricle says, "We really need to have funding to keep us a float, $250,000 is a huge amount for a city our size with our budget."
City officials says there's a possibility it could take up to a year or two before they receive any funding, if that's the case they would rely on reserves.
The funding reimbursement process will begin on Monday. Counties affected by the storm will find out final numbers. With this disaster declaration, FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of approved costs.