State Representative Charlie McConkey of Council Bluffs was pleased to announce today that lawmakers have allocated additional flood relief investments to Council Bluffs and Western Iowa.

“As we know, the flooding from last season created a tremendous amount of damage in our community and many others in Southwest Iowa. The flooding has been a nearly $2 billion loss, which will result in the buyout of 300 homes throughout western Iowa. That’s why I worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get additional relief to those areas and prevent disasters like this in the future,” said Rep. McConkey, who was co-sponsor of the legislation with Representative David Sieck (R-Mills County).

Senate File 2144 provides an additional $21 million in flood recovery money this year that will go to 35 projects across the state, including Western Iowa.  About $90 million additional dollars is expected to be appropriated by the federal government for projects like flood mitigation, housing recovery, levee improvements, and property acquisition.

The bill was signed into law on Thursday, February 13.