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Council OKs new floodplain regulations

from Iowa City Press-Citizen

New construction in Iowa City's floodplains will be required to be built on higher ground under changes approved Tuesday night by the Iowa City Council. The council voted unanimously to amend the city's floodplain regulations to require that new buildings be constructed 1 foot above 500-year flooding levels. The building standards and requirements in the current flood ordinance had been written to meet the risks of a 100-year flood, but the city endured flooding that reached the 500-year mark in 2008. more

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