Vinton’s endurance of two major flood events within a decade—in 2008, and again in 2016—has shown the community’s commitment to resilience. “Flood Resilient Vinton” aims to continue this trend by engaging you, the community’s residents and leaders.
We want to hear your flood resilience stories and think with you about current and potential future efforts to increase your community’s ability to prevent and respond to flood events. By doing so, we hope to create a meaningful flood resilience report while empowering you to remain engaged in flood-resilient, year-round civic participation.
We hope you were able to join us at one of our July events to share your stories, and to engage with other community members who may have similar experiences.
As you share your experiences with us, we will work to include them within interactive Story Maps that will help Vinton’s community (and others like it in Iowa) better understand the personal impacts of flooding while planning for an even more resilient future.
In the meantime, this website is also meant to serve as a resource for residents to become personally prepared for flooding and other disasters. Check out our Preparedness page for tips on creating emergency kits.



Sewage backup? Water in basement? Closed roads? Power outage? Flash floods? We all experience life uniquely. The same is true in times of disaster. In July 2019, we hosted three events to hear and share community members’ memories, worries, ideas, and hopes for a future, flood resilient Vinton. If you have personally experienced the impact of flooding in Vinton and have struggled because of it, we still want to hear from you. If you would like to share your story with us, please call the Iowa Valley RC&D office at 319-622-3264.

Community Conversation #1

Thursday, July 18

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Share your flooding experiences with us and others in your community. Feel free to bring photographs and/or personal memorabilia. We will discuss what flood resiliency means to us personally and as a community in Vinton. Meal provided.

Community Conversation #2

Thursday, July 25

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Vinton is no stranger to flooding. Vinton has changed over the years to address the challenges of flooding, and has plans to keep evolving in the future. Come and discuss these changes. Your voice matters as Vinton adapts. Meal provided.

Flood Resiliency Scenario

Wednesday, July 31

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Team up with your fellow community members to play out what might happen in the event of a flood! Participants will be put into roles following a staged “flood event,” and will work together to address the disaster. Facilitated by JEO Consulting Group. Meal provided.


City of Vinton

Founded in 1849, the City of Vinton, Iowa is the county seat for Benton County. Residents and community leaders are key partners in creating the vision and action steps for the flood resilience plan.

Iowa Watershed Approach

The Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) is a vision for Iowa’s future that voluntarily engages stakeholders throughout the watershed to achieve common goals, while moving toward a more resilient state. The goals of the IWA include the following:
  • Reduction of flood risk;
  • Improvement in water quality;
  • Increased resilience;
  • Engagement of stakeholders through collaboration, outreach, and education;
  • Improved quality of life and health for Iowans; and
  • Development of a replicable program.

Iowa Flood Center

The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa is working to provide Iowans with accurate, scientific information to help individuals and communities better understand their flood risk.

Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development

The Iowa Valley RC&D team works to grow local economies, strengthen food systems, foster protection and enhancement of natural resources, and develop awareness for the arts, history, and culture. We facilitate partner collaboration, solve problems at a system level, and leverage resources to get more done.