Des Moines will soon be getting some federal money to reduce potential flood areas.
Senator Tom Harkin announced Thursday that Polk County has been awarded a $7 million FEMA grant to fund projects that will reduce flooding.
Harkin was chief sponsor of the legislation that expanded the program following the floods of 1993. It is designed to help state governments implement long-term projects in order to mitigate future flood hazards.
“This funding will be used to build new basins and improve water flow in an area where many homes and businesses have seen repeated flood-related losses and damages,” said Harkin. “Not only is this good news for residents in the community, but it will help relieve the economic burdens that come with repairing flooded buildings.”
Part of the money Polk County is receiving will be used to build four basins and improve the storm sewer system in northeast Des Moines and nearby areas.