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UI Says Most Flood Defenses Now in Place
Updated: Sunday, June 2 2013, 10:33 AM CDT
IOWA CITY (CBS 2/FOX 28) - The University of Iowa says most of its pre-planned flood defenses were finished Saturday night, and volunteers and contractors have been given Sunday off to take a break.
While closely monitoring the level of the surging Iowa River through the heart of the campus, officials say they're also using Sunday to bring in some additional supplies.
In the past week, the University has been erecting HESCO barriers and sandbag lines as much as four feet tall in places, including both banks of the river.
The University has officially closed the Mayflower Residence Hall, Art Building West, the Theatre Building and the Museum of Art building. However officials say most of the rest of campus remains open, although it is tought to get around with road closures throughout the Iowa City area due to flood waters.
Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds are expected to tour the defenses Monday afternoon.
Johnson County emergency management officials said Saturday they expect they'll have to close Rocky Shore Drive on Monday as the US Army Corps of Engineers continues letting water out of the Coralville Dam upstream.