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FEMA offers to replace historic Charles City bridge

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Photos taken October 2005 by Jason and Birgit Smith, floods washed away the bridge in June of 2008 Photos taken October 2005 by Jason and Birgit Smith, floods washed away the bridge in June of 2008

CHARLES CITY (KWWL) -- Historic floods washed away a north Iowa historic bdige, now the federal government is offering to replace it.

The federal government will give Charles City about $2.8 million to replace a historic suspension bridge that collapsed during last June's floods.

The money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cover 90% of the estimated $3.15 million cost of replacing the original pedestrian bridge, built in 1906.

City administrator Tom Brownlow says Charles City is waiting for confirmation that the state will provide the remaining 10% matching money.

City officials plan to build a pre-fabricated cable-stayed bridge which should be finished next year.

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