North Iowa Officials Attend Floodplain Management Workshop

VENTURA, IA – It really seems like our area can’t catch a break when it comes to rain. Many communities in north Iowa and southern Minnesota are dealing with the impacts of flooding, and it’s definitely kept emergency management and floodplain management crews busy

As KIMT News 3 learns, the training never ends for those folks.

“I wanted to make sure that I was up to date on any changes that had been made to Iowa’s Floodplain management regulations.”

Floodplain managers, like Tricia Sandahl gathered today for a little refresher.

“[I] haven’t been to one of these trainings is about 6 years and I think it’s important that I keep up to date on my skills and make sure I’m doing what I need to do for the people of Mason City,” she says.

Sandahl attended a  free workshop for city and county officials who deal with floodplain planning and management.

The workshop was hosted by the North Iowa Area Council of Governments, but the Iowa DNR took the reins at the meeting.

The officials at the meeting represented communities around north Iowa that are a part of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, NFIP.

The program has specific regulations and local ordinances that have to be applied.

“To take and teach them how to take and enforce the regulations ordinance and how to read their flood maps how to take and help with making corrections to the maps when they’re found to be wrong,” says Bill Cappuccio from the Iowa DNR.

The workshop is put on twice a year around different parts of Iowa.

Cappuccio says they’re important to have especially in rural areas where the city officials may have to pull double duty and act as the community’s floodplain manager.

“What we try to do is make them more comfortable with it and give them a better understanding of how the program works and where to reach out for assistance, when they need it,” he adds.

It is important that those communities follow the regulations of the NFIP, or else they risk losing access to federal grants and other money when their community floods.

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