Lawmakers propose plan to fight floods

The Iowa River. Credit: Jim Malewitz

Though many are looking to cut spending in the news legislative session, several Iowa legislators have proposed a $60 million-a-year plan to mitigate future flood damage, the Des Moines Register reports.

Proponents of the plan say that it will save the state money in the long run that would go towards rebuilding after future floods.

“We need to do this so the businesses can focus on building the economy, not on rebuilding from disasters time after time,” Sen. Rob Hogg of flood-ravaged Cedar Rapids, told the Register.

The Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO) estimates that floods have cost the state between $8 billion and $10 billion over the last three years.

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