Flood Information

With heavy snow events through the winter months, some parts of our community still worry about flooding. The following information is a reminder of what to do if we experience another flood event this year. Become familiar with some important terms which will help identify the threat and hazards associated to flooding.

Flood Watch:

Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.


Flash Flood Watch:

Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flood Warning:

Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.


Flash Flood Warning:

A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.


At www.cedarfalls.com/flood you can find the current floodplain map, the Cedar Falls flood brochure, and access to the National Weather Service hydrograph and Cedar River information. The floodplain map gives some information regarding areas prone to flooding. Additionally, www.cedarfalls.com/flood has a hyperlink to the Iowa Flood Center with up-to-date articles about flooding and predictions for the entire state. If you live in a flood prone area, please stay aware of changes in flooding throughout the community. Remember, if you see flood water, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” is the best advice for traveling the roads. Additional information can be found on the FEMA website at www.floodsmart.gov.

The Cedar Falls website is a great source of information for our community all year long.

What’s new for floodplain mapping?

Recently, the City of Cedar Falls received their set of preliminary FIRM (Flood Rate Insurance Map) flood maps from FEMA. These maps are being revised using the latest technologies and the must current data so residents, homeowners, business owners and community officials may understand the local flood risk and keep people and property safe from floods. The flood mapping process information is found in the Flood Hazard Mapping Fact Sheet that will provide answers to common questions like: What has changed? What if a structure is shown in a different flood zone on the new map? Is there any recourse if I do not agree with the new map? How can I purchase flood insurance? The Summary of Map Actions will provide more information on the changes to the flood maps.  

Click here for links to the flood map index and the Preliminary FIRM flood maps.

Comments and questions can be submitted to the FEMA Map Assistance Center’s toll-free information line at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627).