On Monday the University of Iowa began to take down the flood control walls surrounding Art Building West, a process officials hope to complete next week.
Flood Updates 2013
Just five years after flooding on the Iowa River damaged more than 20 structures at the University of Iowa, high-water forecasts in May forced the university to close buildings, put up seven miles’ worth of emergency flood walls, and cancel or reschedule some events.
With water levels remaining stable in the Coralville Lake and the Iowa River, the University of Iowa is beginning to plan the dismantling of HESCO barriers and other temporary floodwalls around campus.
With little rainfall over the weekend, and no substantial precipitation forecast for at least the first part of the week ahead, the Iowa River continues to recede.
Another wet weekend is on the horizon, with as much as 2 inches possible in the Iowa River basin through Saturday night. In spite of the potential for rain, the numbers for Coralville Lake and the Iowa River continue to move in a positive direction.
With the possibility of strong thunderstorms in the Iowa City area this afternoon, University of Iowa staff continue to keep watch over campus buildings, tunnels, and grounds at risk of flooding.
With the conditions on the UI campus relatively stable, UI Facilities Management staff are preparing to remove a section of HESCO barriers along Iowa Ave., north of the English-Philosophy Building.
Mitigation measures like flood response plans and so-called "invisible walls" aren't especially sexy; no ribbon cuttings, groundbreaking ceremonies or speeches mark their implementation. But when a flood hits, mitigation can mean the difference between a building that gets swamped and one that remains dry.
With fickle weather on the horizon, including a soggy system forecast for the area over the next few weeks, Johnson County officials are encouraging the University of Iowa and municipalities to keep flood protection measures in place for the foreseeable future.
University of Iowa officials say they’re keeping a close eye on current forecasts for potentially heavy rain over the weekend and next week, but for now they say current flood protection measures are working as intended.