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Cedar Falls to discuss flood response

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar Falls City Council is planning to discuss strategies for buying out flood damaged properties this week.

A city staff report says the city has two options — sticking with existing state and federal programs, or creating a locally developed and managed program to reimburse eligible property owners in the flood plain. City officials have recommended using the traditional government procedures while investigating whether a local program could serve unmet needs in the community.

Councilman John Runchey says Monday’s meeting is the first time the buyout issue will be discussed by the full council.

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Flood plain policies and updates to the area’s flood plain map will also be discussed along with adoption of a new hazard mitigation plan and a review of the response to the floods of 2008.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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