More than $3.1 million in state matching funds for presidential disasters in Iowa will be returned to the state treasury, an Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department official told the Iowa Executive Council on Monday.
The funds were allocated for disasters that affected more than half of Iowa’s counties during three separate storms in 2007. The mitigation efforts will be closed out by March of this year.
State disaster coordinator Pat Hall also told Executive Council members that he would be requesting an additional $43.5 million in state matching funds next month to cover severe storm, tornado and flood damages in 2008 that included the worst flooding in state history in Cedar Rapids and other parts of eastern Iowa.The council already had authorized $58.1 million as part of a 10 percent state matching requirement for public assistance and hazard mitigation funding approaching $1.75 billion. Overall, Hall said the 18 presidential disasters still be processed for Iow routed $1.9 billion in federal money though his agency.