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Harkin Announces Over $1.1 Million for Belmond Sewer Restructuring


This news story was published on November 21, 2011.
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Senator Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced Friday that the City of Belmond has been awarded a grant of $1,151,250 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to install storm sewer lift stations and backflow prevention structures. The sewer systems were damaged during the severe storms of 2008.

Harkin was the chief sponsor of legislation that expanded FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program after the summer floods of 1993. The law increased the amount of money available to reduce the chance of damage from natural disasters. Belmond’s funds come from an allocation of dollars to Iowa based on the cost of repairing damage in the state from the 2008 Midwest floods.

“I am pleased that FEMA will cover part of the cost of reducing Belmond’s sewer disruptions,” said Harkin. “Without this assistance, Belmond ratepayers would have been forced to pay higher rates to cover these costs or the needed work would simply have not been done.”

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