Articles from January 2020

Photo of icy Iowa River and Stanley Hydraulics Lab

Iowa’s spring flooding outlook ‘not so good’

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Dealing with ice and snow may be more immediate concerns for Iowans, but Witold Krajewski says it's not too soon to be thinking about sandbags and temporary flood barriers.
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How one Iowa city is planning for a rising Mississippi River

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Climate change is contributing to more severe flooding in communities along the Mississippi River. In 2019, the Mississippi crested at its highest-ever recorded level in Davenport, Iowa, causing widespread damage in the city's downtown and reigniting a debate about how it should protect itself. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports as part of our climate change series, "Peril & Promise."
Portrait of Larry Weber

Bracing for more flooding in Lone Star state, Texans visit Iowa Flood Center for ideas

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
In at least one respect, the floods that ravaged Iowa in 2008 are similar to the floodwaters that ravaged coastal Texas cities after Hurricane Harvey roared through in 2017. The natural disasters left both states grappling with how to rebuild and prepare for the next massive flood event.
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As Texas looks to get flood prepared, Iowa Flood Center lends them expertise

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Cities across the U.S. have seen unprecedented rainfall and flooding over the last several years, one of the most hard-hit communities in the state of Texas.
Portrait of Larry Weber

Iowa Flood Center shares flood mitigation ideas with Texas state and federal agencies

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Around 30 delegates from state and federal agencies in Texas are spending their week at the Iowa Flood Center in Iowa City, learning how to protect their communities back home from devastating floods.
The outside of the University of Iowa Flood center

Texas state officials learning about flood protection from Iowa Flood Center

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
A delegation of Texas state officials visited the Iowa flood Center to learn more about ways to protect their state and apply some of the unique and innovative measures invented at the University of Iowa.
Aerial photo of the Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory

Other states look to UI-based Iowa Flood Center for expertise

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
As a leader in technologies and tools capable of improving flood readiness and resiliency, the University of Iowa-based Iowa Flood Center this week welcomed a delegation from the nation's largest contiguous state wanting to learn from the flood preparation path Iowa has forged.
Aerial photo of the Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory

2020 resolution: Permanently fund natural resources programs

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
In 2020, we must accept the water-quantity and -quality challenges we face and work together - the Iowa way - to come up with meaningful, science-based solutions.