FEMA Helps Oklahoma Panhandle

Picking up the pieces after a winter storm hit the Oklahoma Panhandle has been costly. But now, FEMA is stepping in to help those hit hardest, like the electricity company.

We kept you updated on the thousands who went without power for weeks.

NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente spoke with the company about their damages. 

All the snow caused many problems in Beaver, Cimarron, and Texas counties, especially for one company.

"We lost in the neighborhood about 900 poles, several miles of wires, and at one time we had over 20,000 customers off," says Paul Tucker of Tri-County Electric Company.

Now that Tri-County customers have power, the next step is apply for aid.

Each department in those areas affected by the storm must submit an application with their estimated cost of damage.

Then FEMA will decide how much they will be reimbursed.

"There's three categories, one for emergency services, one for debris removal and one for utility so we're estimating the damage was extensive, we're estimating the cost won't be extremely high for each enity collectively it's going to be quite a bit of money,"says Bill Lehman with FEMA.

Quite a bit of money for Tri-County. They are estimating more than three and a half million dollars for damages.

If all the paper work is completed correctly, it could take only a couple of weeks for them to be reimbursed.