TIJ – Flooding Potential

Our look at the potential for flooding this year in Iowa is taking shape.

A little background is here in a post made earlier in the week.

I did take a drive to Waverly yesterday. Plenty of cars in the ditch along the way, but along Highway 3 from I-35 to Waverly, no cars were the ditch. That’s because there was no ditch as they were all filled with snow. And there is usually more snow upstream from there.

A related, but not totally, OpEd was in Wednesday morning’s Des Moines Register. It was written by Michael Burkart and Bill Stowe. It looks at the issue of not rushing to redesign farm land drainage. Here’s the link.

And even the story about all the reporter hats has info on how much snow has fallen and how much budget has been used to date to clear all the snow, how much snowfall is on the ground and of course, what hats the reporters were wearing.

I’ve also come across this article in the Wall Street Journal talking about the plan to divert water through a giant channel to avert flooding the downtown of Fargo, North Dakota. That idea is not sitting well with those downstream.

As always, you can watch our show online at http://www.iptv.org/iowajournal

And I’ll take your questions on the flood show topic to iowajournal@iptv.org

And here is our official press release about our show. Air time is 8p on Thursday on Iowa Public Television.

Iowa Floods of 2010?
On the Thursday, February 18 edition
of The Iowa Journal

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will take a look at the probabilities of this winter’s excessive snow fall turning into floods similar to those seen across Iowa in 2008. This program airs Thursday, February 18 at 8. It will be rebroadcast Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.

The National Weather Service has reported that Iowa is at risk for significant flooding this spring, particularly in central and western Iowa. The Iowa Journal will ask studio guests if Iowa is prepared to deal with more floods while still recovering from those in 2008. In the studio to address both the short term and long term solutions on how to best handle floods are three guests: David Miller, administrator for the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division with responsibilities for coordinating the State’s response to disasters; Kamyar Enshayan, city council member for Cedar Falls, whose town suffered in the 2008 floods, and who helped instigate plans to help safeguard the town during future floods; and Marty Adkins, of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, whose office has a floodplain easement program to pay some qualified landowners who want to discontinue farming land with chronic flooding.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit http://www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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