2008 flood

aerial view of field and waterway

$96.9 million Iowa Watershed Approach shifts into high gear

Watershed management authorities across the state identifying ways to reduce runoff and flood damage
Cities, counties, and other groups, including the UI, are organizing regional watershed management authorities (WMAs) and hiring project coordinators as the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA), a $96.9 million program, enters its first official year and kicks off work to reduce flood risks and improve water quality across the state.
Voxman, date unknown.

Voxman: The man behind the building name

A man so loved that the UI named a building after him—twice
Born in a small coal-mining town in 1912, Himie Voxman taught at the UI for 45 years and is credited with establishing the UI School of Music’s national prominence.
three nurses in skywalk

'Air taxi' was critical to hospitals during 2008 flood

UIHC team ensured flights, communication operated seamlessly throughout the crisis
When the flood of 2008 took out many of the roads to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a team of UIHC employees ensured that physicians and patients could still access the hospitals.
Hancher Auditorium Executive Director Chuck Swanson stands in the new auditorium. The grand opening will take place Sept. 9.

'Hancher does need a home'

As Hancher Auditorium prepares to celebrate its grand opening, Executive Director Chuck Swanson reflects on the past eight years
In the wake of the historic 2008 flood, which damaged more than 2.5 million square feet of space on the University of Iowa campus, neither the UI nor Hancher skipped a beat. Chuck Swanson, Hancher’s executive director, calls that an accomplishment driven by spirit and passion.
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Keeping the network afloat

George Stumpf led ITS' successful effort to keep the UI's computer network alive during the 2008 flood
George Stumpf’s mission during the flood of 2008 was simple: Keep the university’s fiber optic network operating as flood waters inundated buildings that housed fiber optic lines and network hubs.
Lola Lopes portrait

Lola Lopes kept the classrooms open

A story from the 2008 flood
Lola Lopes came out of retirement just in time to help the university keep its academic operations going during the 2008 flood.
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The book brigade of 2008

Nancy Kraft organized a human chain of volunteers that moved books one at a time out of the flood-threatened Main Library basement
Nancy Kraft watched the rain fall in May 2008 and felt a sense of foreboding. In the end, she and a chain of volunteers had to move books from the UI Main Library’s basement to avoid the rising waters of the flooding Iowa River.
Kayt Conrad.

Pianos don't play well underwater

Kayt Conrad recounts the Division of Performing Arts' race against the 2008 flood
In the wake of the 2008 flooding of the Iowa River, Kayt Conrad and her team had to scramble to find new facilities that could accommodate Division of Performing Arts students and faculty. But first, they had to save the pianos.
woman inside studio arts building

A farewell to Menards

UI’s Studio Arts programs moving from the building that has been their home since the 2008 flood
The UI’s Studio Arts programs have been in temporary quarters since the 2008 flood damaged their main buildings. This week, the departments are moving back to campus and into a new building.

University of Iowa to celebrate milestone in 2008 flood recovery efforts

Ground floor of Iowa Memorial Union to re-open to students, public
For the first time since it was immersed in floodwater seven years ago, the University of Iowa Memorial Union ground floor will be open to the public. University and local officials will commemorate the re-opening of the 83,000-square-foot space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by self-guided tours on June 3.

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