Iowa City approves 500 year flood plain rule


The Iowa River. - Photo by Jim Malewitz

Thanks to a measure just passed in the city council, Iowa City residents may see a future of drier homes and lower flood insurance premiums.

In a unanimous vote, the council voted to require that new buildings would be constructed at least one foot above the 500 year flooding levels. And important facilities like public safety buildings, water treatment plants and hospitals are now required to be built outside of flood levels.

In the past, the rule was set in respect to the 100-year flood plain, which did little to protect Iowa Citians’ property from the surging waters of the 2008 floods.

The new flood plain was based largely upon an Cedar Falls ordinance viewed by many as a success.

More from the Iowa City Press Citizen.

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