Access Flood Conditions

The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa has an online tool, the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS), available to all Iowans to access community-based flood conditions including current stream and river levels at nearly 275 US Geological Survey and IFC gauges across the state.

To access IFIS, go to  From this page, users may launch IFIS, or view a brief tutorial on how to use IFIS.

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS), developed by the Iowa Flood Center, is a user-friendly online application based on a Google Maps-interface.  IFIS displays up-to-the-minute community-specific information on rainfall, stream levels, and more, including:

  • Real-time stream levels at nearly 275 locations in Iowa;
  • Current flood warnings and stream forecasts;
  • Real-time rainfall maps displaying current conditions and past rainfall accumulation; and;
  • Flood inundation maps for select communities including Cedar Rapids, Charles City, Elkader, Iowa City, Hills, Mason City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls.

The Iowa Flood Center is part of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, a research institute based at the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. The IFC was established in 2009 to provide accurate, state-of-the-science-based information to help Iowans better understand their flood risks. It is the nation’s first academic center devoted solely to the study of floods.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT:Sara Steussy, Iowa Flood Center, 319-384-1729,

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