The Des Moines Water Works has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency, claiming the agency promised to pay millions of dollars to help repair damage caused by the 2008 flood but later reversed the decision.
FEMA in 2010 approved nearly $7.6 million for Water Works to repair river bank erosion near six wells used to collect drinking water from the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers and at Saylorville Lake.
The city had spent $1.9 million by the time FEMA reversed funding in 2011. The agency concluded improvements on a natural river bank do not meet funding requirements.
Water Works Board appeals in 2011 and 2012 were denied.
The board sued Dec. 17 in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, asking the court to reverse FEMA’s funding revocation.