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Planters Electric awarded federal grant to fix ice storm damage

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MILLEN, GA (WFXG) -

A local electric company is receiving a federal grant to repair damage done to the company's infrastructure during February's ice storm. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $1.97 million grant to Planters Electric Membership Corporation (PEMC) in Millen, which serves Emanuel, Jenkins, Richmond, Burke, Bulloch and Screven counties. 

Rep. John Barrow announced the grant Tuesday. 

"The ice storms earlier this year did a lot of damage to our homes and businesses in the 12th District, with many people left without power for several days." Barrow said. "FEMA's job is to help local governments and electric coops pay for catastrophic losses from natural disasters like this, and that helps all of us. PEMC serves thousands of 12th District residents, and this grant helps to ensure that repair costs aren't passed on to the community."

About 89 percent of Planters customers were without power during the February storm. 

The federal grant money will be disbursed to the state of Georgia. The state will then reimburse Planters once they provide proper documentation. 

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