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.

During the dispute, the UI moved forward with design work for a new Hancher Auditorium, School of Music and Art Building East, all damaged in the 2008 flood, and that continued work means progress was not slowed much, UI officials said.

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