Mother Nature threw a wrench into the University’s residence hall schedules in the form of a 500-year flood, but summer program participants, whether junior high or college students, adapted to spur-of-the-moment changes, as did those working behind the scenes.
Steve Fausch, University Housing’s maintenance operations manager, says his crew had been getting ready for the flood since December, long before the Iowa River crested June 15.
“The University’s upper administration was sensitive to the fact that we potentially could have a flood,” he says. “We were quite prepared within my department.”
Forty-three University of Iowa faculty and staff members served lunch to 790 flood workers during three Flood Worker Appreciation Luncheons held on Thursday and Friday, July 17 and 18, near flood recovery sites on the UI campus.
The University of Iowa provided the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, with an update on the campus flood recovery status. Highlights from the report include updated information on water levels at the Coralville Dam and in the Iowa River, building renovations, academic concerns, and insurance coverage and damage updates.
Shortly after conducting flood damage assessment and preservation work at the Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library and African-American Museum in Cedar Rapids, University of Iowa Libraries Conservator Gary Frost traveled to Peru in July to help conserve antiquarian libraries in the former Spanish colonial city of Arequipa.
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