The community of Ames is situated at the confluence of Squaw Creek and South Skunk River. The city has experienced major floods in 1965, 1975, 1990, twice in 1993, 1996, 2007, 2008, and 2010. The most recent flood was severe and affected many residents and businesses. It also motivated the Ames City Council to pursue the Ames Flood Mitigation Study. The goal of this study is to identify ways to reduce the impact of future flooding on the Ames community, and the success of this study relies on public participation.
Even if you don't live in Ames, your comments about flooding in the area would be welcome.
Beginning in October, public meeting have been held to gather feedback from the greater Ames community regarding flooding issues and mitigation alternatives. The next round of public meetings is scheduled for Nov. 14.
The first meeting with the Ames City Council was held on October 16 as part of a Council workshop. In addition, meetings are planned with the Ames City Council in November and January 2013.
Those who are unable to attend these meetings may participate online by going to the City’s website at www.cityofames.org and following the flood mitigation study link. The direct link can be accessed at http://amesfloodstudy.hdrpi.com/open-house/ . The online open house takes participants through a slide show, history of flooding, terminology, and provides opportunities for feedback.
Thank you for your help in making this project a success.