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UI receives $6.7M from FEMA for flood projects

posted on May 4, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa has received over $6.7 million in federal funds to demolish buildings destroyed in the 2008 flood.

     The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the funds on Tuesday. It will help cover the costs of tearing down the Art Building East and the Hancher Voxman Clapp complex.

     The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the overall cost of razing the buildings is about $7.5 million. University officials say demolition will likely begin this fall.

     The Iowa Board of Regents approved plans in March to build a new $175 million Hancher Auditorium, a $152 million school of music and a $77 million art building.

     Two-thirds of the money will come from FEMA, with the rest from insurance, donations and other sources.

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