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Decision puts University of Iowa flood recovery in jeopardy

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According to a statement released by Governor Terry Branstad on Thursday, a recommendation by the Office of Inspector General puts the rebuilding of the Hancher-Voxman-Clapp building and the Art Building East in jeopardy.

According to Tim Albrecht, Communications Director for Governor Branstad, they learned on Thursday that the Office of Inspector General has recommended that the decision made by FEMA to provide about $80 million in funding for the two projects, be reversed.

Albrecht says that FEMA disagrees with this decision and Governor Branstad will work with Iowa's senators and representatives to make sure that this funding stays in place.

Governor Branstad and Iowa Board of Regents President, Craig Lang, issued the following joint statement, "The State of Iowa, the Board of Regents, and the University of Iowa remain committed to expediting a full recovery from the devastating flooding that occurred in the summer of 2008. We are frustrated that different interpretations of internal FEMA policies are having real and negative impacts on the University of Iowa's recovery. Although the waters have long receded, the impact of the flood continues to hinder University students. A cultural void persists that has impacted tens of thousands of Iowans. We believe the Federal government should be held accountable for flood recovery progress, especially as we mark the four-year anniversary of the historic flooding event. Project delays due to differing interpretations of Federal policy four years after the flood are unacceptable, unwelcomed and counterproductive."

Senators Grassley and Harkin added that the University of Iowa should not be penalized by this policy dispute and they will do whatever is in their power to make sure this funding stays in place.

Branstad and Lang hope that this issue is resolved in weeks rather than months.

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