Flood Updates 2013

UI develops plan for removing flood barriers

Work to begin soon
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.

Though weekend rain likely, lake and river levels continue to drop

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.

Chance of storms keeps UI watchful

Potential for rain Wednesday afternoon
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.

Improving safety and access

UI crews adjust flood-mitigation measures in keeping with conditions
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.
bulkhead tunnel

Unglamorous, unseen, unsung

Mitigation offers campus first line of defense during floods
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.

Wet weather system on horizon likely to stick around

County urges UI, communities to keep flood measures in place
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.

Dry now, maybe wet later

Iowa Summer Rep modifies schedule, venues after Theatre Building closure
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.