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FEMA denies UI's appeal for utility tunnels

BY STACEY MURRAY | APRIL 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the University of Iowa’s appeal to fund a project that would prevent future flooding on campus through underground utility tunnels.

FEMA Region VII denied the proposal on March 28.

“It’s a crucial aspect of our steaming, chilled water, and electricity,” said Doug True, the UI senior vice president and treasurer. “It’s disappointing, but we’ve made a lot of progress.”

The $30 million project would have prevented against future flooding with the utility tunnels.

The appeal has been pending since August 2012.

FEMA also denied the UI’s appeal for costs related to the Museum of Art replacement.

FEMA did, however, approve an appeal approving a portion of funds for the reimbursement of funds used in the renovation of the Studio Arts’ temporary facility. FEMA approved $171,000 of the $405,000 requested.

The most recent appeal was submitted to FEMA last month regarding reimbursement eligibility of the IMU north entrance elevator.


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