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FEMA denies claim for December ice storm damage again

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GRAYSON COUNTY -- The state of Texas will have to pay for damage from December's ice storm out of pocket.

Counties found out this weekend that FEMA has denied the state's appeal on earlier claims for disaster relief.

Fifteen counties in Texas filed claims, including Cooke, Grayson, Fannin and Lamar.

FEMA originally denied the claim earlier this year.

"I'm disappointed. We had significant damages and response costs. I'm also very sad for some of our neighboring counties, Fannin County, Lamar County, they had huge impacts as well," Grayson County Office of Emergency Management director Sarah Somers said.

Somers says Grayson County met its minimum of about $400,000 in damage to qualify for federal assistance.

However, she says the state failed to meet its minimum threshold of $35 million.