State Renews Funding

Research that began as waters rose across Iowa in 2008 was the genesis of the founding of the Iowa Flood Center (IFC), the nation’s first academic center devoted to the study of floods.

Flood waters of the Missouri River on June 27, 2011.

The state of Iowa remains committed to preparing for future floods.

The state appropriated $1.5 million to the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa to support the Center’s fiscal year 2013 operations. The Iowa Flood Center, which was created in response to the 2008 Iowa floods, works to help Iowans better prepare for, forecast, and monitor flooding.

“The continued funding of the three-year-old center is essential to support the IFC’s continuing contributions to flood preparedness in Iowa,” says IFC Director Witold Krajewski.

During its first three years of operation, annual appropriations from the State of Iowa to fund the Center have allowed IFC researchers to leverage additional funding totaling over $14 million from both state and federal resources including the Federal Emergency Management Authority, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Located on the University of Iowa campus in the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory, the Iowa Flood Center was established in 2009 and is the nation’s first academic center devoted to the study of floods.