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Iowa needs more tools to monitor, plan for future flooding

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2019/04/18/iowa-flooding-2019-flood-damage-weather-army-corps-needs-more-tools-monitor-plan-future-floods/3502042002/Des Moines Register,Published on: April 18th, 2019

Stage is Set for Potentially Devastating U.S. Spring Floods

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Stage-Set-Potentially-Devastating-US-Spring-FloodsWeather Underground,Published on: March 21st, 2019

Four Lessons From ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Flooding In The Great Plains

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/03/18/four-lessons-from-bomb-cyclone-flooding-in-the-great-plains/#621566c950a8Forbes,Published on: March 18th, 2019

National Weather Service says spring flooding chances are “above normal” in many parts of Iowa

https://kwwl.com/news/cedar-rapids-news/2019/03/07/national-weather-service-says-spring-flooding-chances-are-above-normal-in-many-parts-of-iowa/KWWL,Published on: March 7th, 2019
Big Sioux River flooding

South Dakota Unveils Flood Information System

By Mikael Mulugeta

In late 2018, the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) launched an online flood information system modeled on the system developed by the Iowa Flood Center.

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) is the one-stop web platform for tracking flood conditions, forecasts, community maps, and more in Iowa. The newly unveiled Big Sioux River Flood Information System (BSRFIS) is the first large-scale implementation of an IFIS-like system in another state.

The project began in 2016, when DENR officials expressed interest in creating a flood information system for the Big Sioux River Basin to enhance flood response and preparedness. Officials wanted flood forecasting models, inundation maps, and community maps for their system, and cited IFIS as an existing system that matched their vision. IFC Director Witold Krajewski jumped at the opportunity to get involved in a project that would map the Big Sioux River, which feeds into rivers in northwest Iowa.

The IFC and DENR collaborated with RESPEC, a private engineering company, to develop BSRFIS. The IFC completed cyber components of the project because BSRFIS uses most of the infrastructure and code from IFIS. RESPEC and other sub-contractors handled modeling and mapping. In late 2018, the DENR launched the completed system, which includes five community maps, rainfall forecasts, weather conditions, and other features. IFC will continue to provide maintenance support for the BSRFIS.

Following the success of the project, the IFC is looking to pursue similar joint projects in the future.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to spread what we know and take on projects like this,” says IFC researcher Ibrahim Demir, the primary architect of IFS and BSRFIS. “If an organization or agency requests this, we’ll always consider collaborating.”

Krajewski also notes that projects in neighboring states including Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois will be a topic of discussion moving forward. For the time being, Krajewski says it is an encouraging development that an outside agency recognized the strength of IFIS.

“I think this project serves an acknowledgement of a job we did well. They recognized the usefulness of IFIS, and wanted a system like it for themselves,” Krajewski says. ”That made us feel proud of the work we’ve done.”

Iowa City area clear from flood concerns, for now

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/2019/02/05/iowa-city-area-clear-flood-concerns-now/2777146002/Iowa City Press-Citizen ,Published on: February 5th, 2019

Keeping Iowa safe from floods

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnist/keeping-iowa-safe-from-floods-20180326The Gazette ,Published on: March 26th, 2018

Coralville Reservoir mitigates flood impact along Iowa River

https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/coralville-reservoir-mitigates-flood-impact-along-iowa-riverCBS2,Published on: September 6th, 2018

‘We have a problem’: Flooding has slammed every Iowa county since 1988, some as many as 17 times

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2018/04/29/iowa-flood-center-ranks-disaster-damages-billions-wapsipinicon-river/422336002/Des Moines Register,Published on: April 29th, 2018