An electric cooperative in Pella has been awarded a $5.6 million grant to improve its power lines.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the funds will be used to replace and strengthen more than 120 miles of lines to better withstand storms. The Pella Cooperative Electric Association lines are in Jasper, Mahaska, Marion, Polk and Poweshiek counties.
Sen. Tom Harkin announced the grant Thursday. He was the chief sponsor of legislation that expanded FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Program which is funding the grant.
The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.