Omaha Public Radio News
Wed December 14, 2011
Iowa pools resources to continue Missouri River flooding recovery
By Cheril Lee
Omaha, NE – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recently announced that $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding is available to assist with flood recovery efforts.
Tina Hoffman, spokesperson for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, says the money will be used for affected cities and counties to provide the required local match for receiving money through a FEMA grant program.
Through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, homeowners whose property was destroyed due to flooding are being offered fair market value for their homes. Hoffman says the land that is acquired will be turned into green space.
"I think it's important that the state is involved at this level because we are essentially leveraging this funding in order to make a difference for these homeowners who have already been through so much. This kind of takes away another element or hurdle they would have had to come up with dollars for when they are already trying to rebuild their lives."
Affected counties include Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie counties.