After months of lobbying and pressure from Iowa's governor, congressional delegation and others, the federal government said Wednesday the University of Iowa will get nearly $84 million to replace a flood damaged auditorium and arts and music facilities.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in January 2009 that it would pay to replace Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, a studio arts building and the school of music facility. The plan was to build replacements on higher ground away from the Iowa River, which runs through the university campus.
The river flooded in June 2008, forcing the evacuation and closure of 20 major buildings.
With the assurance that FEMA would help fund the replacement, the university began buying land and doing engineering work for the new buildings.