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Braley invites FEMA head to see flood recovery progress in Cedar Rapids

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U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley wants the Federal Emergency Management Administration administrator Craig Fugate to come see the progress Cedar Rapids has made in the five years since the flood of 2008. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley wants the Federal Emergency Management Administration administrator Craig Fugate to come see the progress Cedar Rapids has made in the five years since the flood of 2008.
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U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley wants the Federal Emergency Management Administration administrator Craig Fugate to come see the progress Cedar Rapids has made in the five years since the flood of 2008.

In a letter to Fugate, Braley says the administrator should come and see firsthand the recovery that was made possible thanks to FEMA disaster assistance.

"The people of Cedar Rapids are resilient and strong, and they have an incredible story of recovery to tell," Braley said in a written statement. "That's why I'm inviting Administrator Craig Fugate to Cedar Rapids as the fifth anniversary of the flood approaches -– to see Iowa's progress and to see what work remains."

On Monday, Michelle Corless looks at the progress that has been made in Cedar Rapids since the flood of 2008 in our continued series "Un-Natural Disasters +5."

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Here's the full text of Braley's letter:

16 May 2013

Mr. Craig Fugate

Administrator

Federal Emergency Management Agency

500 C St. SW

Washington, DC 20472

Dear Administrator Fugate:

As we approach the 5 year anniversary of the flood of 2008 that devastated Iowa, I want to invite you to visit the city of Cedar Rapids to see firsthand the flood recovery progress that has been made. The 2008 flood was one of the worst natural disasters in Iowa history. Since then Cedar Rapids has made incredible strides when it comes to rebuilding its communities and infrastructure. This would not have been possible were it not for the assistance provided by FEMA.

The federal support from FEMA has helped the city make great progress in reconstruction efforts, as well as build infrastructure to protect the city from future disasters, create jobs, and make other improvements throughout the city. Though there have been promising improvements made, there is still much work to be done, such as the status of the Water Pollution Control Incinerator Appeal. I invite you to visit the city on this historic occasion to commemorate the flood of 2008.

Sincerely,

Bruce Braley

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