Quad Cities Flood Resiliency Alliance

At River Action’s October 2018 Upper Mississippi River Conference, a workshop launched a new initiative for the greater Quad City region within the Mississippi River watershed. The Quad Cities Flood Resiliency Alliance kicked off with many local river cities, towns and villages showing a keen interest in flood prevention, flood damage mitigation, and floodplain restoration. The first meeting followed in November 2018, and quarterly meetings are scheduled for 2019.

The next meeting of the Quad Cities Flood Resiliency Alliance is on Thursday May 30, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the City Hall Community Room in Riverdale, Iowa. It is open to the public. For more information, contact River Action at 563-322-2969 or email cdowney@riveraction.org.

The Quad Cities alliance includes parts of Scott, Clinton, Muscatine and Louisa counties in Iowa, and Rock Island, Whiteside, Mercer and Henry counties in Illinois and stretches from Clinton, Iowa to New Boston, Ill. It provides a forum for river stakeholders to share information, resources, flood prevention or mitigation policies and to get to know river neighbors for assistance before, during or after flood events.

About 70 communities comprise the alliance footprint, but only three are enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. The CRS encourages a wide variety of creditable activities that communities can undertake as they continually strive to improve their ratings. The base rating begins at 10, and a variety of activities take the rating toward the best rating of 1, which earns the largest flood insurance discounts. The activities themselves provide benefits to the community in reduced or avoided flood damage, quicker recovery, and stricter floodplain regulations to continue these benefits into the future. Moline, Davenport and Rock Island County are rated eight, eight, and seven, respectively and currently earn modest discounts on flood insurance premiums.

Goals of the alliance include educating communities on the CRS program and assisting with application and enrollment, training certified floodplain managers to eventually have one in each community, and establishing pre-disaster communications and relationships between communities to enable sharing of resources and assistance around flood events.

UPCOMING MEETINGS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
All meetings will be held at City Hall Community Room, Riverdale, Iowa at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 30, 2019
AGENDA
1. Welcome – Anthony Heddlesten, US Army Corps of Engineers
2. Open discussion – Flood of 2019
3. Community Rating System Overview – Lou Ann Patellaro, Insurance Services Organization
4. Flood fight/levee inspection training - US Army Corps of Engineers
5. Adjourn/Networking

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Tentative Agenda:
- Hazard mitigation ‘Hit List’ – Identify the top three flood hazard sites from your community to share with the group to create a priority mitigation list
- Lessons learned from 2018 flood events

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Tentative Agenda:
- Certified Floodplain Management (CFM) Training

Feb. 28, 2019 Follow-up :: Use this link to access the presentations from the Feb. 28, 2019 meeting: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tm3jbanimfhg3mk/AABT5z0IXnkbJiW6YVa6zZO6a?dl=0

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
• FEMA/National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System resources at http://crsresources.org
• ‘Flooding in Iowa’ informational videos at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/floodinginiowa/
• ‘The Floods of 2008 – Insights from a Decade of Floodplain Stewardship’ at https://iowadnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=ec928d4...

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Phone: (563) 322-2969
Email: riveraction@riveraction.org

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