Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FEMA logic

A group that oversees the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids has agreed to comply with a ruling from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to put a new heating system in the basement, even though the basement was filled with floodwaters in 2008.

FEMA weighs in on Cedar Rapids flood-damaged site
This building is on an island in the middle of the Cedar River with no flood protection. If the river rises, there's no way to stop it.

The city wanted to put the boilers in the stage area that is no longer in use. But to FEMA, that didn't matter. That decision would ruin the historical value of the building: "a loss in historical value so significant that they can't live with it."

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