UI flood update for July 5, 2014

UI flood update for July 5, 2014

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With Saturday night’s fireworks still planned at Hubbard Park, weather permitting, University of Iowa officials again remind the public that tampering with flood barriers is prohibited, constitutes trespassing, and may compromise their effectiveness.

The public is also reminded to avoid construction areas, flood barriers, closed roadways and walkways near the Iowa River because of the unpredictability of the rising water.

Meanwhile, despite the rain today, officials believe the river flows will remain manageable and will continue to monitor the situation.

Here is the latest official information about flood preparation efforts at the University of Iowa. New or updated information is in bold.

University operations

  • Normal, including University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (all locations), all classes, camps, and other campus activities

Closures and service changes

  • Beckwith Boat House and Mayflower Residence Hall closed
  • East and west sidewalks along Iowa River closed
  • All southbound and northbound lanes of North Dubuque Street closed from Foster Road to Park Road
  • CAMBUS service to Mayflower suspended
  • Art Building West closed
  • The southbound lane of Riverside Drive, closed for installation of a flood wall at Art Building West, has reopened, allowing two-way traffic to resume
  • All parkinglots and facilities operating normally
  • Iowa Memorial Union footbridge closed(alternative route: cross river via Burlington Avenue, Iowa Avenue, or Park Road bridges)
  • Iowa Memorial Union south metered lot closed
  • Hancher footbridge closed(alternative route: cross river via Burlington Avenue, Iowa Avenue, or Park Road bridges)
  • UI Motor Pool daily rental vehicle operation has moved into the CAMBUS maintenance facility on Madison Street. The Fleet Services administrative offices are moving into the lower level of the Iowa Memorial Union parking ramp.

Protective measures

  • 12-foot HESCO barrier at Mayflower Residence Hall (completed)
  • 4-foot HESCO barriers along east and west banks of Iowa River (completed)
  • Clearing construction materials and leveling ground for placement of HESCOs on east side near IMU and Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory(completed)
  • Sandbagging/HESCO placement at Water Plant intake and around Power Plant to south (completed)
  • Close bulkheads in underground steam system tunnels (completed)
  • Plugging/pumping storm sewers (as needed)

Class, camp and event cancelations

  • None

Other information

Visitors to campus should avoid the I-80/Dubuque Street exit (Exit 244). Those traveling from the west on I-80 are encouraged to take the Dodge Street Exit (Exit 246). Those traveling from the east on I-80, as well as those trying to reach UI Hospitals and Clinics and athletics facilities, are encouraged to take the 1st Avenue Exit (Exit 242). Local traffic should also avoid North Dubuque Street until further notice.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has closed Highway 22 between Kalona and Wellman because of flooding of the English River. View Iowa DOT Traveler Information at http://www.511ia.org/and follow travel announcements for the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area on Twitter at https://twitter.com/iowacity511

The UI will provide this flood update around 1 p.m. daily, seven days a week, until further notice. For previous updates and other UI flood-related information, visit http://now.uiowa.edu/flood2014and follow Twitter (@uiowa, #UIFloodUpdate14).


Stephen Pradarelli, Strategic Communication, 319-384-0007


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