Arbor Day Planting April 27, 2024

Please join the City of Decorah and the Decorah Tree Board on April 27, 2024, as we celebrate Arbor Day by planting 25 trees on various boulevards throughout the city.  Before we begin planting, the City Forester and Decorah Tree Board will give a planting demonstration outlining property planting techniques and how to care for a tree after it is planted.  This planting, along with several others that will be carried out by the City of Decorah and Decorah Tree Board throughout the year, has been made possible through a grant received from the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Arbor Day Foundation.


What:  Arbor Day celebration – planting 25 trees

When:  April 27 at 8:00 AM

Where:  Begins at City of Decorah Street Department located at 108 Railroad Avenue

For more information, please contact Sam Hogenson, City Forester, at (563)277-5153 or by email at:

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Levee Safety Meeting

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Office of Levee Safety – Town Hall Meeting

When: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 3:00pm

Where: Decorah Municipal Building – 400 Claiborne Dr – City Council Chamber

The Office of Levee Safety invites you to attend a town hall meeting in your area! Join us to discuss issues related to levees in the state. We value your participation and input.

The primary objective for this meeting is to share information from the 2022 Levee District Study as well as the new Levee Improvement Program (LIP) and Office of Levee Safety (OLS) with levee stakeholders.  More importantly, we are asking levee stakeholders to share their challenges and concerns as they work to operate and maintain their levees.

Who should attend? Levee stakeholders (sponsors, engineers, and financial managers), city and county leaders, floodplain managers, emergency managers, and any member of the public interested in flood risk reduction.

Click Here to view the link to view the Levee Flyer

Click Here to view the Office of Levee Safety Website



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2023-2024 Winter Season

Winter Season Update 12/12/2023

Winter snow will eventually be coming this season, and when it does, the City will be issuing snow emergencies. Some questions have risen in the past regarding these declarations, so this post is intended to help clear things up.

  • The City can declare a snow emergency at any time. With the assistance of local weather forecasts, snow emergencies are generally issued in advance of a snow/ice event, with a projected start and end time and date. Something to note, a snow emergency is automatically in effect if snow accumulation is 1″ or more, regardless of declaration.
  • What is the significance of a snow emergency? Valid question. Snow emergencies are intended to raise awareness of poor driving conditions and alert residents that the city will likely be performing snow/ice removal operations. To effectively perform those operations, the City needs streets to be as clear of vehicles as possible. During a snow emergency, alternate side parking rules are in effect.
  • During snow emergencies on odd calendar days, vehicles need to be parked on the side of the street where houses have odd numbers. On even numbered calendar days, the vehicles need to be parked on the side of the street with even house numbers. Usually, snow emergencies will exist for multiple days, so residents need time to transfer vehicles back and forth from each side of the street. The time between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. is that given time. For example, if a vehicle is parked on the even side on December 12th during a snow emergency, and needs to be moved to the odd side for the next day (the 13th), the time to move the vehicle to the odd side would be between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. on December 12th.
  • There are a number of streets in Decorah that have restricted parking on one side or the other. In these cases, follow the direction of the sign. If the sign reads “no parking”, do not park there. For example, if it’s December 13th, during a snow emergency, and the parking on the odd side of the street is restricted, no parking is allowed on that street on either side. If the signs read “no parking except during snow emergency”, then vehicles are allowed to park on that side of the street on the appropriate day during a snow emergency.
  • Parking off the street is the best way to avoid parking confusion during a snow emergency, ensure the entirety of the road is cleared as soon as possible, and protect vehicles from collisions. Snow and Ice removal is more efficient and effective when the City’s operators don’t need to traverse around vehicles in the street. Our crews are out fighting snow/ice during the worst of driving conditions, and helping them eliminate obstacles and parking on the correct side of the street will make cleanup after snow events better for everyone.

If there are any further questions, reach out to the Street Department. 563-382-2157

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