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.
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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.
Barbara Wilson talks to IIHR leaders

Photos: University of Iowa President Barb Wilson speaks with reporters during first week

Thursday, July 22, 2021
University of Iowa President Barb Wilson spoke to reporters during a media availability at the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory in Iowa City, Iowa.
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Iowa Flood Center: ‘New Normal’ could bring soggy spring

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Much of Iowa has been stuck in a wet stretch of weather lately. There may be a reason for all the rain. It's part of the "new normal," according to scientists.
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The wetter “new normal” affecting Iowans

Monday, May 17, 2021
This month NOAA released the “New Normal” when it comes to weather and climate. Climate patterns continue to change in the Upper Midwest, including Iowa. The region is seeing an increase in precipitation throughout the year.
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Homeowners, planners discuss often-flooded Iowa town’s revitalization

Thursday, May 13, 2021
There's an effort to raise Pacific Junction and the community above the water. The floods of 2019 leveled the Iowa town.
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Iowa Flood Center developing tool to help Missouri River communities prepare for flooding

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Iowa scientists are developing a tool to forecast Missouri River flooding and how wide it could spread out across the floodplain, to better prepare people for floods with more accessible information.