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$23 Million in FEMA funding for disaster recovery


WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWS RELEASE) -- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Friday announced more than $23 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Iowa. The funding will be used to provide various repairs in Black Hawk, Des Moines and Linn Counties.

"As we approach the one-year anniversary of this flooding, Iowans are all too painfully reminded of the devastation of last summer," said Harkin. "While physical property may have been damaged, the true spirit and determination of Iowans has never been broken. As Iowans continue to come together and rebuild our state, they can take solace in the fact that Federal funding will consistently be there to help rebuild."

Specific Federal project funding includes:

$8,988,720.00 - City of Cedar Falls. This project will acquire and demolish 151 residential properties that have been substantially damaged to reduce the threat of future damages, potential loss of life, and reduce emergency response and evacuation costs due to flood events in Cedar Falls. Funding was secured under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

$2,469,563.00 - City of Cedar Rapids. This project will acquire/demolish 18 residential properties in the city, 16 of which were substantially damaged; the remaining two have BCA ratios over 1.0. This acquisition will eliminate the flood risk to residential properties in the Special Flood Hazard Area along Edgewater Drive. Funding was secured under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

The areas in both Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids acquired with these funds will be converted into green space in perpetuity as required by the 1993 law that greatly enlarged the program. Senator Harkin was the author of that Act.

$5,835,492.33 - Benton County - Benton County Law Enforcement Building - This funding will reimburse Benton County for the replacement cost of the facility.

$4,544,981.10 - Louisa-Des Moines County Drainage District #4 - Main Ditch Slough Drainage District 412. This funding will reimburse the Applicant for silt removal from the main ditch slough drainage district 412. Work will consist of reclaiming silt from the slough then reusing that material to reshape the slough to pre-disaster condition.

$1,505,662.35 - City of Cedar Rapids - Water Pollution Control Facility. This funding will reimburse Cedar Rapids for damaged roads and sidewalks in the Water Pollution Control Facility. Two feet of subgrade material and roadway base material will be removed and replaced before placing the new pavement.

For the first two items, the state or local governments will provide a third of the amount provided by the Federal government. For the last three items, the Federal government only requires a 10 percent match.

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