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Extreme Weather Symposium

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by Phil Prazan

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At the extreme weather symposium in Des Moines Wednesday, speakers came with ideas to make reacting to disasters easier and above all, faster.

County, city and state leaders at Hy-Vee Hall want some kind of control over how they react.  Forecasting and then rebuilding after disasters comes down to one thing in the end, money.

In 2011 - the Iowa DOT system spent $50 million in materials to patch up damage from floods.  A common theme was changing funding policies.

"In 2010 alone we had three near 500 year flood events...," says Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie. "Because of a really accelerating climate change situation, the circumstances are changing so quickly."

Public Works, Water Works, the Iowa Farm Bureau, state and local officials were all there to share their perspectives. 

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