Iowa Officials Frustrated With FEMA On Flood Recovery

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Iowa officials are expressing frustration over the length of time it is taking federal assistance to reach Iowa after parts of the state was flooded last year.

Rep. Tom Sands said Tuesday it is not acceptable that people are still living in mobile homes provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While FEMA arrived quickly to assist flood victims, Sand says decisions by the agency as part of the recovery process were made slowly. The Columbus Junction Republican said that meant flood victims did not know whether they would qualify for money to rehabilitate their homes or for a buyout.

Lt. Gen. Ron Dardis of the Rebuild Iowa Office says the $517 million the state is receiving from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will get the state into the next phase of the recovery process in the area of housing.

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