Flood recovery could continue past 2016

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The recovery efforts from the 2008 Iowa floods are far from over. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) pledged $1.7 billion to recovery and mitigation of the floods. However, many of these efforts are years away from completion. The whole process could continue past 2016.

According to the Press-Citizen this is significantly longer than most recovery efforts:

In Johnson County, where flooding caused more than an estimated $1 billion in damage, a significant amount of the recovery work remains, including the movement of Iowa City’s water treatment plant, levee construction, utility repairs and the repair and replacement of several university buildings. Although there’s no standard answer for how long it takes to complete recovery projects from the time of disaster declaration to closeout, Dennis Harper, a public assistance officer for the state Homeland Security division and state grant program manager for FEMA funds, said the average time in Iowa has been four to five years.


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