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Iowa City Living with Floods forum to take place Thursday
The people of Iowa -- and especially the citizens of Johnson County -- understand the necessity of living with floods. A series of statewide events called "Living with Floods" will recognize the resiliency of Iowans in the face of flooding; the series includes a free community forum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, 123 S. Linn Street.
The Iowa City community forum will offer residents an opportunity to learn more about local flood-related issues, including the challenges, community successes, and the ongoing recovery process. The forum panelists will discuss local efforts in responding to and minimizing the impacts of future flooding. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations. This event will be broadcast LIVE on the Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.
During the second week of June, Living with Floods will culminate with free outdoor concerts by New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band in communities across the state, including a concert in Iowa City at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, on the University of Iowa Pentacrest. As residents of New Orleans, flooding has a special significance for these musicians.
Living with Floods is a statewide project that started at the University of Iowa. The project engages with seven communities across the state, including Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, and Muscatine.
Living with Floods marks the fifth anniversary of the historic Iowa floods of 2008, and recognizes and celebrates the strength and resiliency of Iowans in the face of repeated flood events. To learn more about Living with Floods and how you can participate, visit www.iihr.uiowa.edu/livingwithfloods.