Iowa board awards millions for flood protection

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state Flood Mitigation Board has awarded millions of dollars for flood protection projects in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and other Iowa cities.

The awards were announced Wednesday in Des Moines. The Iowa Legislature created the board to let cities use a portion of state sales tax revenue growth for flood-prevention projects. Up to $600 million is available through the program.

The Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/193y7gb ) Dubuque was awarded $98.5 million to help complete a 20-year, $200 million flood-prevention project. It will be the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history.

Cedar Rapids, which was hit hard by flooding in 2008, was awarded $264 million total over 20 years. Officials say $8.5 million will be going to Iowa City and nearly $9.8 million to Coralville.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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