Minnesota officials are working to tally the cost of damage by the winter storm earlier this month.

Governor Tim Walz expects the assessment to take some time. That’s after a powerful storm brought ice, snow and wind hammering down on parts of Southern Minnesota. Officials already estimate more than two-thousand utility poles were damaged and 15-thousand homes and businesses were left without power. Most of that power has been restored. Governor Walz says when the report of damage is completed he does plan to seek federal disaster aid. the threshold for federal help is at least eight-million dollars in damage.