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EUGENE, Ore. -- The utilities serving the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area say repair costs from February's snow and ice storm topped $4.5 million.

President Barack Obama last month declared four Oregon counties hard hit by winter storms as disaster areas.

The declaration for Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Linn counties means federal money and assistance programs are available to the state and local governments.

The Register Guard saysEWEB spent an estimated $1.8 million for utility repairs.

The Emerald People's Utility District spent $1.5 million; Lane Electric Cooperative spent $669,000; and Springfield Utility Board spent at least $600,000.

The utilities have estimated the costs from the storm as they're seeking federal reimbursement of eligible costs.

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