Gov. Reynolds looking for clarification on Cedar Rapids flood protection funding

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Cedar Rapids is slated to receive $117 million from the federal government for flood protection to protect both sides of the city from the Cedar River.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signs a tax reform bill at a business in Hiawatha on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Dave Franzman/KCRG-TV9)

Earlier this week, it was revealed that more than $40 million of that will actually be a loan.

Governor Reynolds said she has been in contact with Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ersnt along with Representative Rod Blum. She was told the federal lawmakers are looking into the situation.

"We should be grateful that we were able to get some funding for that (flood protection)," said Governor Reynolds.

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz sent a letter to Iowa's congressional delegation back in August expressing what they called "grave concern" after they were told the federal government would only be paying $76 million of the $117 million that had been committed.

On Friday, the delegation sent a written letter back explaining that the federal government will pay $117-million up front, $41 million will have to be paid by the city in the form of a loan. The letter does point out they believe much of those costs will be covered by other grants.

The total cost for Cedar Rapids flood protection project is $750 million. The State of Iowa has already committed to contributing $267 million. To the overall total.