Protecting Property

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All City staff will respond to flood events based on the weather designations of Flood Watch and Flood Warning levels. Levels are based on water depth. Click here to see how staff will respond.

Sand, sandbags, and evacuation sites will be activated by our Public Works Department based on designations of Flood Watch and Flood Warning. For details, click here.

Staff also supports citizens taking responsibility for controlling urban stormwater runoff. Understanding stormwater runoff and taking responsibility can keep runoff quantity, runoff quality, and property protected: click here for more information.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also has useful information for building in flood-prone areas.

  • FEMA P-348 is a publication outlining best construction practices of building utility systems so that buildings can be re-occupied and fully operational as soon as electricity and sewer and water are restored to a neighborhood. Go here for FEMA P-348
  • Elevated Structures is a manual for anyone building residential structures in flood-prone areas. Click here for FEMA 54

To learn from a statewide perspective, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has a webpage dedicated to flood-related information, including the re-opening of businesses, dealing with water damage, and mold. Materials are available in English and Spanish. Go here for IDPH

 

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