FEMA denies claim for old meatpacking plant

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Cedar Rapids' appeal for $21 million in disaster payments for a former meatpacking plant.

The city-owned Sinclair plant was damaged by fires and flooding, and is now being demolished.

The Gazette says FEMA denied the city's request, saying many of the buildings at the plant were not in use at the time of the June 2008 flood.

FEMA's decision follows a similar denial for about $13 million tied to the city's flood-damage hydroelectric plant. The agency says it was disabled by an ice storm before the flood. Cedar Rapids also was seeking about $3 million for the flood-damaged Quality Chef plant.

The city was seeking funds for alternative projects when public facilities are destroyed and can't be reused after a disaster.

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