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Eastern Iowa lawmakers want quick action for flood recovery

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Some eastern Iowa lawmakers urged fellow legislators Tuesday to act quickly so those revocering from floods can get into homes this year.

State Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids and Rep. Tom Schueller of Maquoketa Tuesday renewed their call for the Legislature to move quickly to approve a disaster relief package.

"We owe it to the thousands of Iowans affected by last year's flooding and tornadoes to approve a substantial relief package within the first month of the session," said Hogg, chair of the Senate Rebuild Iowa Committee. "My top priority for this package is to provide resources to ensure that displaced Iowans are able to repair or replace their homes before the end of 2009."

In his Condition of the State address last week, Governor Culver proposed a $43 million package for disaster relief.  Both Republican and Democratic legislators have met with Lt. Governor Judge to discuss the details of the proposed package.

"So far, our JumpStart Housing program has helped over 1,800 families, which I applaud, but that is still less than half of the families who have applied for assistance," said Schueller, chair of the House Rebuild Iowa Committee. "We still have more than 400 families living in FEMA trailers.  These Iowans need our help to repair their homes or buy a replacement home before the end of this year."

Two Iowans who were displaced from their homes in last year's floods visited the Iowa Statehouse today to speak to the Senate Rebuild Iowa Committee and to stress the need to focus on housing.

Sharon Murray of Palo and Jim Davis of Charles City both sustained substantial damage to their homes and were displaced by last year's floods.  Davis also served as chair of the housing task force for the Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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