Iowa, Nebraska add new flood sensors to aid coordinated response

Iowa and Nebraska emergency crews and transportation officials are relying on an expanded network of flood sensors to respond to high water in places such as Hamburg, Ia., shown in 2019. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Five new water level sensors have been installed along the Iowa-Nebraska border to help the two states respond to expected spring flooding along the Missouri River, the Iowa Department of Transportation reported.

The added information will make it easier for Iowa and Nebraska state agencies to coordinate their work to get emergency materials and equipment where there are needed most.

Major flooding last year lingered from spring to fall. Iowa has worked to elevate part of Interstate Highway 29 that was under water last year, and has made repairs along the key north-south route.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local levee districts have repaired levees along Interstate Highway 29 and Iowa Highway 2. Those restored levees will affect how water moves through those areas so this year’s flood fight could be different, officials note.

Nebraska and Iowa DOT officials have been talking regularly about work that has been done since last year’s floods, including repairing shoulders along major highways.