|By Tina Hinz, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
National, state and local officials updated residents on progress since 2008, provided resources and encouraged them to prepare for future flooding during "Don't Test the Waters:
Flooding is the most predictable hazard from which communities continue to suffer losses, according to
He directed people to the Iowa Flood Center, where researchers have designed a cost-efficient sensor network to better monitor stream flow in the state, have developed a library of flood-inundation maps for several
In terms of total monetary flood damages since 1950,
"There's always a worse flood out there," he said. "Now is the time to prepare. Put your disaster plan together, so when severe weather does strike, you know what to do."
Zogg offered said a flash flood, which typically occurs within six hours after heavy rainfall and kills more people than normal flooding.
"Because it comes up so quickly, it can catch people off guard," he said. "Know what the threat is and when to expect it. Six inches of moving water can knock a person off their feet."
More information is available at www.DontTestTheWatersIowa.gov.
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