This week on the hill we were visited by the Iowa Flood Center, which was established in concurrence with the 2008 floods.
Since its creation, the IFC has worked tirelessly to serve Iowans, but much of their work has gone unnoticed. One program they led was the redrawing of the 100 year flood zones in Iowa.
After the 2008 floods, FEMA released the revised 100 year flood zones. This forced many homeowners to purchase flood insurance when it wasn’t necessary. The flood center was instrumental in recognizing that the zones were incorrect. They then worked to put together maps that correctly predicted flood risk.
By doing this, they were able to demonstrate to FEMA that many of the homes were inaccurately included in the 100 year flood zones. The result of this was the saving of millions of dollars of Iowans’ hard earned incomes.
Throughout the year, the IFC also actively monitors the water levels of Iowa’s streams and rivers. The Iowa Flood Information System allows for a more accurate prediction of floods and works to give communities advanced flood warning. This allows communities to be prepared and potentially limit flood damage.
The IFC also has created the Iowa Watershed Approach program which works to bring Iowans together to address factors that contribute to floods, and to reduce the overall damage caused by flooding. If you want to learn more about the IFC and the work that they do, you can go to their website at https://iowafloodcenter.org/ifc-projects/iowa-watershed-approach.
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Iowa Rep. Norlin Mommsen is a state representative in the Iowa House of Representatives. His district covers Clinton County.