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FEMA funding freeze could affect Iowa

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is freezing some disaster relief funding in order to free up money for immediate assistance to areas affected by Hurricane Irene. 

Here in eastern Iowa, recovery projects from the floods of 2008 are still moving ahead on schedule.  But if FEMA's funding freeze lasts for any length of time, getting money to do work on long-term projects could be slow-coming.

Two big projects, the rebuild of Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa and repairing the city of Cedar Rapids' sanitary sewer system, stand to be affected.  But that's only if Congress doesn't act to end the funding freeze quickly, or if it cuts funds already pledged to recovery projects set to begin within the next year.

"You might see some delays in work being done. You may have work that could've been done this fall, but will have to slide across the winter. It really is dictated by how long the funding freeze remains, and that freeze will be removed by Congress through the process of appropriating more funds to the disaster recovery fund,"

This is not the first time FEMA has experienced a funding freeze.  Sometimes it has only last a few weeks, other times it's gone several months.  FEMA is hopeful that this time, Congress will lift the freeze soon, so that all of its projects can continue.

 

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