State and local officials visited Cedar Rapids Thursday to unveil a plan to help those in Cedar Rapids who lost their steam energy in the flood last year. Tina Potthoff is the spokesperson for the Rebuild Iowa Office.

Potthoff says the program is designed to provide basic financial support for those who relied on Alliant’s steam energy plant in Cedar Rapids. The plant was flooded and Alliant does not plan to rebuild it. Potthoff says this plan will help those who had higher bills after they had to get steam from another source, and for those who are converting away from steam.

She says a total of $21-million has been allocated, including 16-million in federal dollars and five million from the I-Jobs bonding bill. Potthoff says those impacted will have until the end of July to apply for the funds.