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Electric Cooperatives Announce Contributions to Flood Relief Funds in Mills and Fremont Counties

Mill County Flood Relief

Representatives from the Mills County Flood Fund accept a contribution from Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, Central Iowa Power Cooperative, and CoBank on Monday, April 15, 2019 (left to right): Sheri Bowen, Administrator for Mills County Public Health; Kerry Koonce, Central Iowa Power Cooperative; Phil Kinser, Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative; Carol Robertson, Mills County Auditor; Lana White, Chair of the Mills County Community Foundation Advisory Board; Liz Baldwin, Mills County Community Foundation Advisory Board Member; Stacey Goodman, Iowa Foundations Director for the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:  April 24, 2019

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Kerry Koonce, Manager of Communications & Public Affairs
PHONE: 515-362-7699
EMAIL: Kerry.koonce@cipco.net

DES MOINES, IA - Last week representatives from Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, Central Iowa Power Cooperative, and CoBank were pleased to announce their support of the flood relief efforts in Mills and Fremont Counties.  A five thousand dollar donation was made to the Mills County Flood Fund on Monday, April 15.  Additionally, a five thousand dollar contribution was made to the Fremont County Flood Fund on Wednesday, April 17.

Fremont County Flood Relief
Representatives from the Fremont County Flood Fund accept a contribution from Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, Central Iowa Power Cooperative, and CoBank on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (left to right): Stacey Goodman, Iowa Foundations Director for the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa; Kent Claiborne, Chair of the Fremont County Community Foundation Advisory Board; Jamie Behrends, Agency Director of Fremont County Public Health; Phil Kinser, Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative; Kerry Koonce, Central Iowa Power Cooperative; Mike Crecelius, Fremont County Emergency Management Director.

Flood relief funds were established by the Mills County Community Foundation and the Fremont County Community Foundation to provide relief in their respective counties to those who have been affected by the 2019 Missouri River flooding.  Donations to the funds go directly to flood victims in Fremont and Mills County, Iowa, with the local County Public Health Department serving as the facilitator in distributing support.

Stacey Goodman, Iowa Foundations Director with the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa, expressed her thanks, noting “These funds will make critical relief grants possible to those whose homes and livelihoods have been so greatly impacted by the recent flooding in Mills and Fremont Counties.”

According to Phil Kinser, CEO and General Manager at Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, "So many of our customers, neighbors, and colleagues have been impacted by this historic flooding.  As a cooperative, we are honored to be able to give back to help flood victims and support communities across southwest Iowa in their time of need.”

For additional information on the flood relief funds, please contact Stacey Goodman, with the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa which are affiliates of the Omaha Community Foundation, at 800-794-3458 or stacey@omahafoundation.org.

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