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Flood Resilience Program

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The Flood Resilience Program of the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) will interact with and support watershed communities, particularly those susceptible to floods, in building resilience to flood events within the nine watersheds: Clear Creek, English River, Upper Iowa, Middle Cedar, Upper Wapsipinicon, Dubuque/Bee Branch, North Raccoon, and East and West Nishnabotna.


Flood Resilience Program Timeline

Resilience Team Timeline


What is Flood Resilience?

Community flood resilience is the ability of a social system to respond to and recover from flood events through absorbing impacts, adapting to change, and withstanding disruption. The aims of the Flood Resilience Program in each of the watersheds include:

  • Identifying flood resilience strengths, challenges, and priorities
  • Developing actions or interventions that will aid in building resilience to floods
  • Implementing these actions or interventions
  • Measuring the progress of becoming more flood resilient

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Community Partners

The Flood Resilience Program will partner with local organizations, including community action programs, to engage and support communities in flood resilience planning. Some flood resilience actions include further training provided to organization leaders regarding flood preparation and recovery, development of flood mitigation and recovery plans to improve support services for susceptible populations, and identifying the impacts of floods in communities for future planning and cost-benefit analysis.

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Flood Resilience Action Plan

Through the IWA Flood Resilience Program, a Flood Resilience Action Plan will be created for each watershed about how to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from flood events. This will help communities qualify for disaster mitigation funding during the 5-year project as well as recurring planning efforts required by federal government.


Additional Information

Flood Resilience Handout 1: How Can We Become More Flood Resilient?

Flood Resilience Handout 2: Our Goals and Current Flood Resilience Products


Last modified on June 30th, 2017
Posted on August 22nd, 2016