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Homeowner Joye A McKusick recalls the 2008 flood

Mosquito Flats resident Joye McKusick describes how she and her husband were evacuated from their home only return to a severely damaged structure several months later. Joye decided to repair and rebuild, and lives just yards from the Iowa River…

Homeowner Lyda Brown recalls the 2008 flood

Homeowner Lyda Brown offers a fascinating perspective on the flood and the neighborhood buyout process. Many people believe residential construction should be banned within the Iowa River floodplain. Giving a very personal side of this often public…

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Industry and Industriousness at the St. Louis World's Fair

By Mary Wise  University of Iowa Professor Charles Nutting, curator of the then new Museum of Natural History, and Professor William Patterson arrived in St. Louis in early November.[1]The St. Louis World’s Fair was closing and fair administrators…

Iowa City businessman Tom Bender recalls his experiences in the 2008 flood

Hear Tom Bender describe how over eighty volunteers attempted to save the two buildings he leased in Iowa City. He describes how many tenants refused to believe the flood would happen, let alone prove as devastating as it did. Their skepticism, he…

Iowa City Community Development Coordinator Steve Long discusses the 2008 flood

Iowa City Community Development Coordinator Steve Long describes the ?hard and hot work? of sandbagging to protect Iowa City neighborhoods during the flood. More than anything else, he remembers an overwhelming sense of community cooperation. He also…