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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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…