by Cedar Rapids Gazette Opinion Staff
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack is calling for the creation of a National Flood Center to coordinate a federal effort to bring the latest research to bear on flood preparedness and protection.
Loebsack would like to see the center housed in his district at the University of Iowa, which is already home to the Iowa Flood Center. His legislation is still being drafted, so a lot of details have yet to be filled in.
But on the surface, we see merit in Loebsack’s vision of an agency that can pull together research and expertise from several sources to help communities across the country prepare for imminent or potential flooding. …