FEMA denies funds to UI for flood-damaged museum

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a final funding request from the University of Iowa to help replace its flood-damaged museum.

The Museum of Art’s lower level mechanical and electrical systems were damaged during the city’s 2008 flood. Officials estimate there’s about $4 million worth of damage.

FEMA denied the school’s funding request for a full replacement in July 2010. It denied appeals in January 2011 and April 2012. The agency’s latest response in late March was denial to fund a mitigation project.

FEMA says the building fails the agency’s threshold for replacement.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://icp-c.com/13865fM ) reports private partners, the public or the city of Iowa City will be needed to be raise money for the museum, which has to be moved for insurance purposes.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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