Current Flood Conditions

If you have questions related to current flood conditions, please contact the Iowa Flood Center at 319-384-1729.

The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa has an online tool, the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS), allowing all Iowans to access the latest community-based flood conditions, including current stream and river levels at nearly 300 US Geological Survey and IFC gauges across the state.

To access IFIS, go to  From this page, users can launch IFIS.

IFIS, developed by the Iowa Flood Center, is a user-friendly online application based on a Google Maps-interface.  IFIS displays up-to-the-minute community-specific information on rainfall, stream levels, and more, including:

  • Real-time stream levels at nearly 300 locations in Iowa;
  • Current flood warnings and stream forecasts;
  • Real-time rainfall maps displaying current conditions and past rainfall accumulation; and
  • Flood inundation maps for select communities, including Ames, Cedar Rapids, Charles City, Des Moines, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Spencer, and Waterloo/Cedar Falls.

One tool in IFIS allows users to view possible inundation in some communities.


Another tool allows users to view daily rainfall alongside current river conditions.

The Iowa Flood Center is part of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, a research institute based at the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. The IFC was established in 2009 to provide accurate, state-of-the-science-based information to help Iowans better understand their flood risks. It is the nation’s first academic center devoted solely to the study of floods.

Sara Steussy, Iowa Flood Center, 319-384-1729,