FEMA Requests Tornado-Affected District Return $1M in Aid

APLINGTON, Iowa — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is attempting to reclaim nearly $1 million in aid given to the Aplington-Parkersburg School District after a tornado hit the community in May 2008.

FEMA initially approved money for a temporary gym at a middle school, but the district spent $500,000 to make the facility permanent, the WCF Courier reports. FEMA later requested a proportion of equity, totaling about $250,000, from that facility back.

FEMA also wants money returned that was used to heat a building and to hire a construction manager. Insurance did not cover those expenses.

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