Logo for Flood Control SystemCedar River Flood Control System
Learn more about the permanent system underway on both sides of the river. 
Flood Control System Website

Looking for more information about flood protection, floodplains or stormwater-related flooding? These useful links will help you find the information you need.

Key Messages for Flood Resilience:

1. Know your flood hazard

How far are you from a flooding source – a river or a drainage easement?
Do you know where the floodplain is relative to your property? https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home

2. Insure your property for your flood hazard

Most homeowner insurance policies DON’T include coverage for floods.
Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). www.floodsmart.gov

3. Protect people from the hazard of flooding

Turn around, don’t drown.
Designate a place where your family can rendezvous after an evacuation order is issued. https://www.ready.gov/floods

4. Protect your property from the hazard of flooding

Replace your flooded furnace with one elevated above the flood level.
Store your valuables and insurance papers upstairs in a waterproof container.

5. Build Responsibly

Get a permit before you make modifications to your home.
Use only licensed contractors who know the rules. https://library.municode.com/ia/cedar_rapids/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH32BFLMAOR

6. Protect Natural Floodplain Functions

Don’t trash the river—that’s where we get our drinking water. https://www.floods.org/PDF/WhitePaper/ASFPM_NBF%20White_Paper_%200908.pdf

General Flood Information

Annual Flood Mailer/Handout (January 2021) (English)
Annual Flood Mailer/Handout (January 2021) (Spanish)
Flood Facts
Information you should know about flood in Cedar Rapids
Floodplain Management Contacts
Local and regional contact information

Floodplain Maps Update - Preliminary Maps and Appeal Period

FEMA's official floodplain maps (www.msc.fema.gov) are used across the country to inform property owners, banks, insurers, realtors, and regulators about the estimated flood risk in specific locations.  Over time, technology has provided a more accurate picture of this risk, and it is, therefore, appropriate to update the maps accordingly.  The last update of the maps for Linn County was in 2010.  Here are some helpful links for more information on this process.

City Outreach Letter - March 2020 
FEMA website about the changes
Iowa DNR website about the changes
Iowa DNR presentation on the changes - May 2019
FEMA floodplain viewer showing the changes
All FEMA map products

Contact City Staff with questions at 319.286.5780 or developmentservices@cedar-rapids.org

City of Cedar Rapids Flood Information

Floodplain Permitting Flowchart
Floodplain Management Contacts
Local & regional agencies you can contact for more info 
Floodplain Management Ordinance (Chapter 32b)
FEMA FIRM Mapping Resources 
Cedar Rapids GIS Flood Viewer 
2008 Flood Inundation Map
2008 Flood Facts
2008 Flood Recovery Plans
2008 Flood Photos
2016 Flood Information 
2020 Annual Progress Report for the Hazard Mitigation Plan
2020 Annual Progress Report for the Repetitive Loss Area Analysis

County & State Flood Information

Linn County Emergency Management
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Floodplain Management Program
Iowa Flood Information System

FEMA Flood Information

Interim Flood Protection Plan
Learn how we reduce the risk of flood damage to the City
National Flood Insurance Program
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Take a closer look at the maps that determine flood insurance rates
Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance
A customer interface for the NFIP
Hazard Mitigation Information
FEMA's Main Web Site

Cedar River Information

Cedar River Flood Levels in Cedar Rapids

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