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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announces $96.7 million in federal flood relief


By Benjamin Kibbey | Dec 31, 2019


Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced that Iowa will receive $96.7 million in grants from the federal government to help rebuild after 2019 floods.

The money is from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Reynolds said many Iowa communities are still struggling to rebuild from the flooding and expressed gratitude for the federal assistance.

“Early 2019 brought historic and devastating flooding on both sides of Iowa,” she said. “So many of those communities and families hit hardest are still working to get their lives back to normal."

The funding for Iowa is part of a national $2.4 billion package that came into effect in June for relief of natural disaster damage during 2018 and 2019.

The CDBG-DR grant money can be used for housing — both redevelopment and rebuilding — to assist businesses and to help with economic revitalization, or for repairing infrastructure damaged by the natural disaster.

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