FEMA grant will provide repairs at Ottumwa Naval Air Station

A portion of funds from a FEMA grant, originally given to the city of Ottumwa for a flood project at the waterworks facility, will also help repair the roof at the Naval Air Station.

Through the process of applying for the grant, the city realized the floodwall project would have a negative impact on a historical site. To fulfill the requirement of FEMA's historic mitigation project portion of the grant, the city had to select a few sites to be included in the grant.

One of the accepted projects was the fountain in Ballingall Park, the other, the Naval Station.

"We also had the non-profit group that was looking for funds and the Naval Air Station at the air base was something that fit the criteria, just because you have an impact on the downtown area doesn't mean the project has to be downtown," said Larry Seals, Director of Ottumwa Public Works. "It has to be within your community, it has to be non-profit and it just fit the rules and the regulations."

Seals said the two projects have added $90,000 to the original grant.