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Two Corridor Schools Get Grant for Flood Recovery

DES MOINES, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Braley Announces $5.1 Million for Cedar Rapids Community Schools and the University of Iowa

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced today the Cedar Rapids Community School District has been awarded $3,337,608.20 and the University of Iowa has been awarded $1,828,118.64 in federal grants. The total grant amount awarded is $5,165,726.84 and they're distributed through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"I'm happy to announce these grant awards for Cedar Rapids Community Schools and the University of Iowa," Braley said. "This funding will help Cedar Rapids continue to rebuild from the devastating 2008 flood and ensure the University of Iowa can complete flood mitigation projects to remain protected from future storms."

The Cedar Rapids Community School District will use the funding for the construction of the Education Leadership and Support Center located at 2500 Edgewood Road in Cedar Rapids. This funding comes in response to damage sustained during the devastating 2008 floods.

At the University of Iowa, the funding will go to install emergency protective measures like temporary floodwalls and barriers. Johnson County sustained serious flood damage from storms that occurred in May and June of this year. The flooding threated the existing barriers and demonstrated a need for the University of Iowa to add flood fighting measures to protect life and University property.

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