Disaster help

Dealing with Flooding

flooded fieldThe resources on this page and on the Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Finding Answers Now page provide information Iowans can use to plan before a flood situation, recover and clean up from flood water damage, and conserve water.

To find current conditions in Iowa, visit the DNR Current Disasters in Iowa website and follow flood and drought conditions in the state; find resources and assistance information. The national Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) provides additional resources for county extension offices on the Floods and Flooding webpage.


  • Iowa Concern Hotline: 800-447-1985
    Help and referrals for dealing with stress, crisis and loss in times of disaster.

Clean Up


Iowa State University Resources, Fall 2016

Additional Resources

Health and Safety


Private Wells

Stress Management


Before Flood Preparations

Marcia Steed

I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Home Economics Education. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling.

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  1. One thing that could be mentioned is about turning off the gas and electric at some residences during a flood. I know some people may think that is a bad idea at first, however turning off the electric can prevent electrical shock for humans and animals. It can also prevent shorts to appliances or arcing. Shutting off the gas or propane can prevent gas escaping into the air as well. The diaphrams in some heating and cooling systems can breach when filling with water.

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