Established by Iowans, for Iowans 

The Iowa Flood Center is part of the University of Iowa College of Engineering and is the nation's only academic research center devoted solely to flooding. The IFC develops innovative tools and reliable information that decision-makers, emergency responders, community leaders, home and business owners, educators, and the public depend on to help them understand and reduce their flood risks and make better flood-related decisions. The center's work is accessible to everyone through the online Iowa Flood Information System which communicates real-time information about stream levels, flood alerts and forecasts, and hydrologic conditions for the entire state. 

Our Work

The IFC is a national leader in flood science providing technical support to local, state, and federal partners to improve flood preparedness and develop innovative strategies to reduce flood impacts.

Our Story

IFC is part of IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering, a world-renowned research institute with more than 100 years of experience in solving some of society's greatest fluids-related challenges. IIHR's expertise and leadership created the perfect home for the Iowa Flood Center, based at the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory in Iowa City, Iowa. Contact us for a visit!

Welcome to the Iowa Flood Center

5 million

Pageviews on the Iowa Flood Information System since being publicly launched in May 2011

$ 100 million +

Brought to the state of Iowa leveraging IFC's technical expertise and holistic approach to reducing flood risks for Iowans


real-time flood forecasts developed for Iowa river communities