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Flood costing DNR; sportsman may pay price


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa DNR reported about $10 million in losses after this year's tornadoes and record flooding.

Parks chief Kevin Szcodronski says 33 of the 48 total parks suffered significant damage from floodwaters, high wind and rain.

Szcodronski says the damage was compounded by about $800,000 in lost fees for fishing and hunting licenses.

The losses mean the state might not be able to afford regular park cleanup, might have to cut 100 summer positions and will likely leave four permanent positions open.

More than half of the losses could be covered by federal aid and state insurance money, but the conservation and recreation division will likely be liable for at least $4 million.

DNR officials say they will push for higher hunting and fishing license fees next year.

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