Articles from May 2019

Portrait of Larry Weber

Following record river levels, should Davenport build a flood wall?

Friday, May 24, 2019
The floodwaters have largely receded in Davenport, weeks after the Mississippi River crested at its highest level on record and flooded parts of downtown. The city is known for its progressive approach to flooding, giving the river more room to ebb and flow while other communities build walls. But the recent flooding is testing this philosophy of resilience.
Portrait of Witold Krajewski

Climate change, predicting floods and the impact on people

Thursday, May 23, 2019
The floods in March showed us that mother nature can be unpredictable. A lot of people believe they’re the result of poor levees but in our investigation, we found out that it's much more than that.
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The dice are loaded

Monday, May 13, 2019
With the help of my colleagues at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering and the Iowa Flood Center (both at the University of Iowa), I created this timeline with information on recent extreme weather events.
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University of Iowa, LSU flood experts take on Mississippi River flooding

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The Mississippi River at Davenport crested at a new record height last week after a flood protection barrier broke near the city's downtown, inundating several blocks with murky and contaminated floodwater.
Portrait of Larry Weber

The Weather Channel features Dr. Larry Weber

Friday, May 3, 2019
Larry Weber discusses flooding issues in Iowa.