Scientists: New Maps Will Help State Prepare for Floods
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scientists at the University of Iowa's Iowa Flood Center say a new flood-prediction tool will help residents anticipate the impact of future floods.
The flood center on Wednesday released an interactive flood inundation map of Des Moines. It uses Google Maps software to show vulnerable areas based on different levels of flooding.
The center has similar maps for Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Waterloo, and it plans to map the entire state. The effort is the only state-funded program of its kind in the U.S.
Lawmakers and city leaders say the maps allow home and business owners to make informed decisions to protect life and property.
The state is preparing for flooding this spring along the Mississippi River and elsewhere.
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