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University of Iowa President Sally Mason discusses the 2008 flood

University of Iowa President Sally Mason calls the 2008 flood the defining event of her presidency. As conditions grew continually worse from the previous February up through the flood, University and community experts held meetings in preparation…

University of Iowa Art History Professor Steve McGuire recalls the 2008 flood

Hear University of Iowa Professor Steve McGuire, a then-resident of the Mosquito Flats neighborhood, discuss the tension that characterized the neighborhood sandbagging efforts during the 2008 flood. While many community members remember the flood as…

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…

Iowa City Community Development Planner Doug Ongie discusses the 2008 flood and its aftermath

One of Doug Ongie?s first tasks as an Iowa City Community Development Planner was to assist in flood recovery and buyout programs. He had completed graduate school at the University of Iowa shortly before, and describes the buyout process in great…

University of Iowa Hydraulic Engineer Larry Weber discusses the 2008 flood and subsequent recovery efforts

Larry Weber, Director of the University of Iowa Department of Hydroscience and Engineering, describes how he and others prepared the University for flooding based on increasing warning signs in the months leading up to the deluge. During the…

Joel Wilcox recalls the 2008 flood and earlier floods in Iowa City

Hear Joel Wilcox describe what it was like working with the federal government and the local buyout program as his neighborhood, just off Taft Speedway and across the river from Mosquito Flats, struggled to rebuild after the flood. He provides detail…

Author and former University of Iowa Professor David Plowden discusses his 2012 book, David Plowden?s Iowa

David Plowden has published twenty-two books capturing myriad aspects of America and the Midwest over a career spanning more than fifty years. A former University of Iowa professor, Plowden?s works are held in the permanent collections of major…