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 detail, noting what it was like to go door-to-door to families whose homes had suffered severe damage and discuss financial assistance options. Ongie also talks about long-term planning presently underway to strengthen the Iowa City infrastructure to mitigate the effects of future floods. These efforts include sewer relocation, the construction of larger levees in strategic positions along the river, and possibly even efforts to raise busy roads in Iowa City. This process is sure to frustrate travel in town for some time, but, he notes, will likely be worth the trouble over the long term.
Interviewers Youlia Tznova and Kelsey Potdevin