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Fishing for Fords

Until recently, finding lost cars was not part of Nate Young’s job description. Yet that is precisely what he and fellow Iowa Flood Center (IFC) engineer Dan Gilles found themselves doing on May 11. Beneath overcast skies, Young, associate director of the IFC, and Gilles, a water resources engineer, boated up and down the Iowa […]

Little Town, Big Flooding

Floodwaters poured into Plainfield, Iowa, from all directions during rare fall flooding in 2016. Dan Gilles, an Iowa Flood Center (IFC) water resources engineer, is helping the tiny Northeast Iowa town find solutions for its water problems. Plainfield is a town of about 450 people. “For these small towns, it’s a lot to take on,” […]

Demir Wins Microsoft’s ‘AI for Earth’ Grant

Ibrahim Demir of the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa (UI) has been awarded a grant from Microsoft as part of its “AI for Earth” program. Dr. Demir is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering who also leads the Hydroinformatics Lab at the University of Iowa. He will use the award to […]

New! IFIS Automatic Text Alerts

By Mikael Mulugeta A new Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) service now available will change how Iowans receive important flooding alerts. The new automated alert feature, accessible from the front page of IFIS, allows users to receive IFIS alerts via text message, phone call, or social media when sensors record certain flood levels. Users can select an […]

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