Springfield (AP) -- A Springfield utility must repay nearly $800,000 in federal
reimbursements it received after tornadoes struck central Illinois in March 2006.
City Water, Light and Power will return
some of the damage reimbursements it got after the storm because the federal
government says the utility shouldn't have received the money.
The utility has fought with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for
years over damage claims from the tornadoes, but utility officials now say
they've exhausted their appeals.
CWLP plans to ask the Springfield City Council for permission in the
next few weeks to repay FEMA from the electric emergency repair account.
The utility paid nearly $12 million to repair power lines and poles and
restore power to more than 50,000 customers after the 2006 tornadoes.
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