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Iowa City and University of Iowa Continue Flood Clean-ups

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A month after flood waters first threatened Iowa City and the University of Iowa, things are finally getting back to normal.

There are two big incentives for that return to normal: July 4th celebrations and the upcoming fall semester.

With that just around the corner, the University of Iowa is scrambling to get campus back to normal from May and June’s floods.

“Ultimately we expect all of those to be removed and the sights by August 12th or before the students arrive for the fall semester,” said UI’s director of planning, design and construction, Rod Lehnertez

He's talking about the invisible flood wall which was built to protect the art building west and the HESCO barriers which protected the mayflower resident hall.

The invisible wall will be gone by next Friday, while the university is still waiting for bids to take down the HESCO barriers.

 “We'll take the low bidder and the low bidder on four different locations,” he said.

Best estimate to date is a little over five million to build, and then remove that flood protection.

Tallying up costs is something the city is also working on as they clean up City Park in time for fourth of July

"We've gotten the carnival rides back installed. 90 percent of them,” said superintendent of parks and forestry, Terry Robinson.

The rides will be ready to go, but the city is still working on removing all the sand that was put in place to protect the park from floods waters.

Still they say things were well handled this time around

 “We're getting a lot better of dealing with floods since this is the third time in 15 years so we had a really good idea of what to get out,” he said.
So far there are no estimates of how much it will cost to clean up the park, but the city say they are working on it.

The bids to get rid of the HESCO barriers on the UI campus will go out one week from today.
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