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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host an open house where residents of Linn County can view proposed updated floodplain maps. The open house will be held Thursday, May 30, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the City Services Center (500 15th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids). All Linn County residents are welcome to attend.
The open house will provide an opportunity for property owners to view proposed floodplain maps developed with improved modelling technology through FEMA and the Iowa DNR, learn how their flood risk may have changed and gain a better understanding of flood insurance options available. Residents throughout Linn County are encouraged to attend and learn more about whether new insurance rates or regulatory changes may apply to their property.
Floodplain maps are used for floodplain management, flood insurance ratings, and to identify flood hazards. Insurance companies will use the maps to determine flood insurance rates. Representatives from FEMA and the Iowa DNR will be on hand to answer questions and address residents’ concerns about the preliminary flood maps, which are being updated based on more recent flood studies, hydraulics, and topographic data.
Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States. It is vital that property owners understand their risk and take advantage of tools or programs available to them, including flood insurance.
Residents can find more information this map update project on the DNR's website.
Residents with additional questions can contact the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources at 515-725-8333 or Jason.Conn@dnr.iowa.gov.