America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Iowa Inland Flooding

150,000 people are living in Iowa's flood-prone areas. The state is working to understand its flood vulnerabilities but still needs to make plans to protect against future risk.



For more information on how prepared Iowa is for its growing inland flooding threat, read the detailed state report.


Is Iowa taking action?

  • The state is already working to address its current flood risk and it is trying to better understand how climate change could influence future floods
  • Like most states, though, Iowa has not taken any steps to plan for, or implement, adaptation actions to address its future flooding risks

Did you know...

  • Iowa has seen an increase in its number of very heavy downpours since the 1950s
  • Des Moines is among the top 20 cities that have seen the strongest increase in heavy downpours over that time
  • Iowa's inland flood risk is projected to increase through 2050, but by less than average compared to other states facing inland flooding threats