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Published February 11, 2010, 09:50 AM

27 Counties Report Ice Damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says 27 North Dakota counties have reported damage from last month's ice storm.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency

says 27 North Dakota counties have reported damage from last

month's ice storm.

FEMA teams are in the state evaluating damage from the ice storm

and a blizzard that followed. The storms downed or damaged more

than 1,800 electrical poles and knocked out power to about 6,200

rural electric customers.

Power was not restored to the final two homes until Tuesday.

Gov. John Hoeven earlier declared a statewide winter storm

disaster and asked FEMA teams to assess the financial impact of the

storms. It is the first step toward a presidential disaster

declaration that would pave the way for federal aid.

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