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UI Launching Flood Defenses
Updated: Tuesday, May 28 2013, 02:44 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The University of Iowa is preparing for flooding expected on campus later this week. Today the university announced the placement of temporary barriers, including HESCOs and sandbags, are being constructed around buildings in low-lying areas. This includes the Mayflower Residence Hall, Art Building West and the UI water treatment plant near the UI Main Library.
84 students and conference participants are being taken out of Mayflower on Thursday and being relocated to another residence hall.
And the UI Theatre Building parking lot fronting Riverside Drive is temporarily closed. Additionally, the southwest corner of UI Parking Lot 3 (south of the UI Main Library) is being cordoned off to provide a staging area for flood protection efforts.
The University of Iowa is working with local emergency officials and the Army Corps of Engineers to monitor the situation and take additional steps if needed.