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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…

Former University of Iowa President Willard "Sandy" Boyd discusses the 2008 flood

Former UI President Willard ?Sandy? Boyd describes his flood experience, noting how most of the bridges and major highways around Iowa City shut down during the flood, effectively cutting some residents off from the rest of the community. He also…

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…

Civil and environmental engineer Africa Espina discusses the 2008 flood

Civil and environmental engineer Africa Espina and a friend rode a canoe to her flooded home in Mosquito Flats on June 14, 2008. Inside, they found several feet of water, but had thankfully been able to elevate most belongings off the floor before…

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…

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…

Coralville Iowa small business owners Sanja and Maya Hunt discuss their experiences with the 2008 flood

Sanja and Maya Hunt, owners of Every Bloomin? Thing Flower Shop in Coralville, discuss the flood?s impact on their livelihood. The pair offer interesting comparisons between the 2008 flood and the national economic recession that followed suit,…

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.?…

Director of the Iowa City Flood Project Professor Witold Krajewski discusses the 2008 flood

University of Iowa Hydroscience and Engineering Professor Witold Krajewski says the 2008 flood reminded him that ?a flood is much more than dots on paper,? as so many experts are accustomed to encountering them. Though his offices in the hydroscience…

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…