Iowa’s Push for National Flood Center


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Congressman Dave Loebsack has proposed a plan that will create a institution, much like the University of Iowa Flood Center, that will bring together academic institutions and federal agencies. The goal of the National Flood Center would be to better understand flooding and possibly prevent damage.  Continue reading

FEMA approves Lake Delhi funding


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The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved funding Thursday to restore Lake Dehli in northeast Iowa, which drained in 2010 when floodwaters breached its dam.

Two requests for funding were submitted by the Lake Delhi Recreation Facility and the Water Quality District in Delaware Country, but both were rejected and the lake’s restoration remained uncertain, locked in a series of appeals until today.

“We’re very happy about the final outcome of this,” said Steve Leonard, president of the lake district. “We don’t know truly yet what it means, to what extent.”

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

FEMA denies funding for UI Museum of Art replacement


The University of Iowa Museum of Art during the 2008 floods. Photo by bigheadedrobot, Flickr.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the University of Iowa’s second request for funds to replace the UI Museum of Art, which was damaged by the 2008 floods.

FEMA claims that the building was not damaged enough to warrant a full replacement, but UI officials argued that because no insurance company will cover the school’s art collection at the existing location, a new facility is necessary.

“We are very disappointed that the state and university’s appeal for the replacement for UI art museum has been denied by FEMA,” said UI spokesman Tom Moore in an email. “University officials are reviewing our next steps in coordination with the state.”

For more information, read the full article at the Press-Citizen.

FEMA awards $6.7 million to University of Iowa


The Hancher Voxman Clapp Building during the 2008 flood. Photo courtesy UI News Service.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded  more than $6.7 million to the University of Iowa to demolish buildings that were heavily damaged during the 2008 floods.

The award will assist in the demolition of the Hancher Voxman Clapp complex and Art Building East, a project that is estimated to cost about $7.5 million and is scheduled to begin this fall.

For more information, read the full article at the Press-Citizen.

FEMA awards $106 million to UI for flood renovations


The Hancher Voxman Clapp Building during the 2008 flood. Photo courtesy UI News Services.

The University of Iowa will receive a total of about $106 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in the restoration of the Hancher Voxman Clapp Building and Art Building East. Both buildings sustained heavy damage during the 2008 flood.

“This is exciting news from our state and federal elected leaders,” said University of Iowa President Sally Mason. “It is the result of much hard work and coordination by the Iowa Office of Homeland Security, FEMA, and many university staff members.”

Hancher Voxman Clapp was awarded $74,218,831 and Art Building East was awarded $32,547,414 for permanent relocation and improvements.

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UI tries to get FEMA funding for Museum of Art


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The University of Iowa is trying again to receive funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the damage done to the Museum of Art during the 2008 floods. Originally, FEMA did not provide the university funding because they felt there was not enough damage.

Now, the University of Iowa is hoping that FEMA will repeal their decision on the grounds that the museum is unable to insure the art in the former building because of its location on the Iowa River.

The funding would go towards a replacement building.

For more information, read The Gazette’s article here.