Cedar Rapids Gazette: Street-level Flood Info to Be Available in Cedar Rapids

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

By James Q. Lynch
SourceMedia Group News

DES MOINES – In time for April showers, the Iowa Flood Center will activate a website providing have real-time, street-level flood information data.

The website will make it possible for residents to plug in National Weather Service stream gage numbers to see how they will be affected, according to Larry Weber of the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa. Weber and Witold F. Krajewski, also of the center, presented an update of their activities to the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee Feb. 15.

The website, which Weber expects to announce in the next couple of weeks with Cedar Rapids officials, will show the water surface area when flooding occurs. The Google-based maps go to street-level, he said.

β€œIt’s usable information in the hands of community members,” Weber said.

For public officials, the data, which can be gathered from stream gages deployed across the state, will be useful in making decisions about flood preparations, including evacuations, he said.