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Flood-damaged Cedar Rapid library on FEMA's radar

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Federal disaster officials are due in Cedar Rapids to talk about federal support for the city's plans to replace its flood-ruined public library.

The downtown library was damaged when the Cedar River swamped 10 miles of the city in 2008.

The city wants to build a new library away from the river, and has come up with three options. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the least-costly plan is a fourth option — tearing down the existing library and rebuilding a new one there but on higher ground.

The city believed FEMA excluded that idea months ago.

The Gazette says Mayor Ron Corbett asked to meet with a regional FEMA official after the agency's Iowa representatives said they couldn't support the city's decision. The meeting is on Wednesday.


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