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Iowa City looks to buy more homes in flood plain

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 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Since the 2008 floods, Iowa City has purchased and leveled more than 90 homes, but and now the city hopes to expand the effort after last year's flooding.
  
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the city wants to secure more $1 million in state and federal money to buy nine flood-prone properties along the Iowa River.
  
In order to qualify for the roughly $1 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant and $136,000 in state money, Iowa City has to put up $204,000 to cover 15 percent of the project. The City Council will vote on the plan Tuesday.
  
City Manager Tom Markus says the best flood control project the city can do is to move people and businesses out of the water's path.

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