COUNCIL BLUFFS — Council Bluffs has received more than $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in reimbursements for last year's flood-fighting costs, but that figure should greatly increase in the next few weeks.
City Finance Director Art Hill said the city spent $19,484,587 to combat last summer's Missouri River floodwaters.
FEMA assistance should come to around $14 million, he said, with $1.8 million coming from the state. That would leave the city picking up the rest, about $3.6 million.
About $10 million of the FEMA total should be received by the end of June, Hill said. "Considering that we had to protect some 30,000 homes and 60,000 residents from a serious situation, the ($3.6 million) is not such a bad number," he said.
The city's general fund has enough money to cover that cost, Hill added.