JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Electric Co-Operative is getting a federal grant to help repair 54 transformers and nearly 2,900 miles of transmission and line poles damaged by a severe storm and flooding last October.

The $1.7 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency represents the federal share of the $2.3 million project for the Johnson-based utility.

The money comes from FEMA's Public Assistance program that reimburses communities and certain non-profit groups to help recover from disasters.

The Vermont Electric Co-op operates in 10 Vermont counties that were designated in a presidential disaster declaration.

So far, FEMA has obligated almost $2.7 million to help pay for repairs from the October storm.