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U of I gets denied FEMA money for flooded art museum

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa was denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after asking for funding for a new art museum. 

The original museum was damaged in the 2008 floods.  FEMA determined that flood damage didn't exceed the required 50 percent of the cost to replace the building and that the agency would not help fund construction of a new one.  Instead, the agency decided it would help fund the restoration of the original building. 

University spokesman Tom More said the school's insurer won't cover the art collection if it continues to be housed at the current building's location next to the Iowa River.  This is one reason why university officials will appeal FEMA's decision even though a resolution to the problem could take months.  A FEMA spokesman said the university's appeal will be thoroughly considered.

The art from the museum is currently being housed at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport and in a separate area on the U of I campus.

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