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Iowa researchers try to predict flood damage

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - State officials say they're making progress in using sensors to map watersheds and reduce flooding.

The Gazette reports hydrologists with the Iowa Flood Center are helping create engineering models of the Turkey River in northeast Iowa to identify where flood mitigation projects are most likely to reduce downstream damage.

Hydrologists say new computer technology has made processing this data more efficient. They will present their findings and recommendations at a public meeting Thursday.

Similar data-collecting projects are in place on the upper Cedar, the middle Raccoon and some Des Moines River tributaries.

The Iowa Flood Center and watershed management groups around the state were created after the June 2008 floods.

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