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HDR Flood Mitigation Study 2014

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HDR Flood Mitigation Study

In 2013, the City of Ames worked with consultants HDR, to develop a strategy to mitigate challenges of area flooding. The final report was presented in January, 2014.

To access the report, click here. (The study is very large, with many graphs and images.)

The flood mitigation study was pursued to consider options to reduce future flooding. Ames community’s location at the confluence of Squaw Creek and South Skunk River created challenges with flooding over the years. Major floods occurred in 1965, 1975, 1990, twice in 1993, 1996, 2007, 2008, and 2010. The most recent flood was severe and affected many residents and businesses. The flood of 2010 motivated the Ames City Council to pursue the Ames Flood Mitigation Study. The goal of this study is to develop a list of recommendations to reduce the impact of future flooding on the Ames community.