Posted 29 June 2011, by Staff, Omaha World Herald (World Herald News Service), omaha.com
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Pottawattamie County Board approved a budget amendment Tuesday to pay for flood-related costs before the fiscal year ends June 30.
The board approved $200,000 in spending to go to the County Attorney’s Office, Geographic Information Systems and Information Technology.
Supervisor Loren Knauss said a large part of the funding for IT will go to purchase mirroring backup systems for computer equipment. GIS will spend funds to gather images from the flooding.
“Once the river crests, a pictometry flight will give us elevations of the flood,” Supervisor Melvyn Houser said.
Auditor Marilyn Drake said that additional departments, including the Sheriff’s Office, Conservation and Secondary Roads, also have spent additional flood-related money — mostly on personnel — but have managed to cover the costs within the fiscal year 2011 budget.