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MRFIS animation shows the flood inundation during the July 2011 flood

New tool from the Iowa Flood Center will help Missouri River communities prepare for flooding

Thursday, December 16, 2021
The Iowa Flood Center has developed a new technology to help communities better prepare for flooding along the Missouri River.

New Missouri River Flood Information System

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
After devastating flooding in 2011 and 2019 in southwest Iowa, the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa has developed the interactive Missouri River Flood Information System (MRFIS) to help the people of this region prepare for and reduce future flood risks.
Frederico Antolini poses for a portrait near the Iowa River

Flood attenuation techniques potentially more effective than dams

Sunday, November 7, 2021
University of Iowa graduate student Federico Antolini proposes small reservoirs like ponds could mitigate flooding better than dams.
Photo of Larry Weber

Weber receives American Water Resources Association award

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
University of Iowa Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Iowa Flood Center (IFC) co-founder Larry Weber has won the prestigious Integrated Water Resources Management Award, presented by the American Water Resources Association.
Aerial photo of flooding at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers

Towns hit by flooding get help from nonprofit creating wetlands along Mississippi River

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
From the Great Flood of 1993 to floods in the spring of 2019, communities in lowland areas adjacent to Midwest rivers and streams have borne the brunt of major weather events.
A project engineer installing a flood sensor in a creek

University of Iowa seeks big increases for Hygienic Lab, Iowa Flood Center

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Iowa’s Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously approved, without discussion, a request for $20.3 million more in state funding for the next budget year, including the first increase in five years for University of Iowa special purpose units like the State Hygienic Lab and Iowa Flood Center.
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Northeast Iowa reels from flood damage and Afghanistan vet recounts the battle of Do Ab

Friday, September 3, 2021
On this episode of River to River, Iowa Public Radio’s Katie Peikes reports on the flooding of the Turkey and Wapsipinicon Rivers, a resident of Elkader details the damage and a flood expert explains how this event happened during a drought.
The outside of the University of Iowa Flood center

Check out this interactive online flood tool from the Iowa Flood Center

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
The Iowa Flood Center has an interactive tool for the public to use to keep an eye on rivers statewide.
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University of Iowa Flood Center offers tool to monitor flooding

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Recent storms in northern Iowa have led to threats of flooding, and the University of Iowa has a new tool that can update river levels in minutes.