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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 librarian Dan Gall recalls his experiences with the 2008 flood

Hear University of Iowa library employee Dan Gall describe the ?bucket brigade? system he and other volunteers used to move fragile books from the basement of the UI Main Library to the safety of upper floors during the 2008 flood. He had conflicted…

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…

University of Iowa Computer Science Professor Douglas Jones discusses the 2008 flood and the subsequent recovery efforts

Douglas Jones, a University of Iowa Professor of Computer Science, discusses the 140 families who became refugees because of the flood and recounts he and his wife?s experience during what he calls President George W. Bush?s ?disaster junket.?…

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…

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…

Iowa City Public Works Director Rick Fosse discusses the 2008 flood

Iowa City Director of Public Works Rick Fosse recounts his experience with the 2008 flood. Rick remembers the flood in comparison to earlier disasters like the 1993 flood, as well as to other types of environmental catastrophe. He offers thoughts on…

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…

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…

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…