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Cedar Rapids to save millions on derecho recovery with FEMA funds


Cedar Rapids Gazette: The federal government will cover a larger share of the cost for disasters that occurred in 2020 and 2021, a move that will save Iowa communities millions on 2020 derecho recovery expenses. A bill signed into law by President Joe Biden last month granted a minimum 90% federal cost share for any emergency or major disaster declaration occurring between Jan. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2021 — covering the Aug. 10, 2020, derecho that pummeled parts of Iowa, particularly Cedar Rapids, with hurricane-force winds. That’s a larger share than the 75% the Federal Emergency Management Agency typically takes on.

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