Loebsack to tout flood center bill at U. of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa congressman Dave Loebsack will appear at the University of Iowa to promote his plan to establish a National Flood Center.

A four-term Democrat who now lives in Iowa City, Loebsack plans a news conference Tuesday at the university’s boathouse along the Iowa River.

Loebsack will discuss a bill that he recently introduced to establish a research center within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study causes and prevention of floods and related issues.

He will be joined by the leaders of the Iowa Flood Center at the university, which was established after the 2008 floods devastated campus and other parts of Iowa.

The flood center is credited with giving communities better data to guard against rising waters, including during recent flooding that forced the university to erect barriers.

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