Iowa farmers affected by recent storms and flooding

Nick Fetty | July 3, 2014
Flooded field in Polk County, Iowa Photo by cliff yates; flickr
Flooded field in Polk County, Iowa in 2008
Photo by cliff yates; flickr

Recent storms and flooding has damaged crops and other property for farmers in western Iowa and neighboring states.

June’s average rainfall was 9.61 inches, roughly an inch less than July during the flood of 1993,  while water levels seen on fields has been compared to 2008 levels. Roughly $15 million has been estimated for road, bridge, and building damages caused by recent flooding which does not include damage estimates for crops. This comes on the heels of farmers planting  “the largest soybean crop on record,” an 11 percent increase compared to last year.

Iowa State University offers information for dealing with flood-damaged crops.

Western Iowa experiences natural gas leak

Photo by Bill Roehl, Flickr

Last weekend a natural gas pipeline leaked near the Missouri River floodplain in Monona County.

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 A pipeline carrying natural gasoline developed a leak over the weekend, with the potential to lose about 140,000 gallons of gasoline in the Missouri River floodplain southwest of Onawa. Continue reading

Iowa Flood Center to learn from Western Iowa flooding

Photo by Denise Krebs, Flickr

Researchers at the Iowa Flood Center see the flooding on the western Iowa border as an opportunity to learn more and prevent future floods.

Read the University of Iowa News release below:

As floodwaters on the Missouri River move relentlessly toward Iowa’s western border, scientists at the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) are making plans to study the water’s movements. Most of the western edge of the state faces the threat of flooding from the Missouri in the days and weeks ahead.

Iowa Flood Center Director Witold Krajewski says the IFC is planning to take aerial photographs of the flooded areas this week, collaborating with the University of Iowa’s Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), which will fly one of its instrumented aircraft, a Beechcraft A-36 Bonanza, to conduct the photography sessions. The high-resolution photography, combined with statewide LiDAR (laser radar) data already available, will allow researchers to delineate the boundaries of inundated areas and compare these with existing floodplain maps. The improved maps will help Iowans know what to expect during future floods.

“We hope to take the photos at the peak stage of the flood,” Krajewski says. “The results will be extremely valuable as we continue to develop floodplain maps, which are useful for planners and property owners.” Continue reading