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.


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

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