IOWA CITY — A federal government decision to pay to replace three flood-damaged University of Iowa buildings at new sites is good news for progress on university recovery, officials said, but also might have implications for flood recovery projects in Cedar Rapids.

The ruling by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, announced Wednesday, settles a months-long dispute about whether the federal government will pay to repair the three UI buildings at their current sites or to replace the facilities at new sites, which was the original determination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Cedar Rapids Gazete