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Published April 12, 2010, 08:58 AM

North Dakota Power Outages

Gov. John Hoeven is seeking a federal disaster declaration for 12 North Dakota counties and the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in the wake of Good Friday snow storm.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

Heavy snow and strong winds that struck April 1-3 crippled the

electrical infrastructure in southwest and central North Dakota,

toppling about 10,000 power poles and downing hundreds of miles of

lines. As many as 8,400 people were without power after the storm.

About a thousand were still without power on Sunday.

The state estimates the storm caused $33 million in damage to

North Dakota's power infrastructure. Public utilities will bare the

brunt of those costs.

A disaster declaration will allow state and local government

entities to request federal aid to help pay for repair costs.

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