IIHR’s Larry Weber and Witold Krajewski co-founded the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) after the record-setting 2008 floods that devastated Eastern Iowa.
In the midst of flood recovery and research, they saw the need for an academic center focused on floods. With several Iowa lawmakers, Weber and Krajewski led the effort to establish an Iowa-based center for flood research and education.
In 2009, the Iowa legislature established (and funded) the new Iowa Flood Center. The new center required a new outward-facing philosophy focused on direct service to the people of Iowa. The IFC is now actively engaged in flood-related projects that help Iowans understand their flood risk and better prepare for flooding.
Among the IFC’s projects:
- A cost-efficient sensor network to better monitor stream flow
- A library of flood-inundation maps for more than 20 Iowa communities
- New floodplain maps for 85 of Iowa’s 99 counties
- A strong workforce with knowledge of flood research, prediction, and mitigation for the state of Iowa
Many other projects to help Iowans be more flood-resilient are either complete or currently underway.