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Iowa City flood protection measures coming down

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

It's been more than a month since floodwaters threatened the University of Iowa campus and surrounding Iowa City area. 

Now, flood protection measures are coming down. 

With heavy machinery and plenty of manpower, crews are beginning to make the University of Iowa's vanishing wall around Art Building West do just that.

"With the fall semester approaching, it's time we get this campus up and running for the students," said Rod Lehnertz, Director of Planning, Designing, and Construction.

It's a welcome sight for students like Parker Brown, who have been living on a very different campus this summer.

"I can't wait for Iowa City to be back to normal," he said. 

Friday, crews will begin tearing down the rest of the protection, nearly seven miles worth of Hesco barriers that were successful in keeping water out of buildings.

While this summer's flooding fell short of projections, officials say plenty was learned from this year's threat.

Meanwhile, the city of Iowa City is asking for help cleaning up, asking for volunteers to help empty some 50 thousand sand bags beginning Thursday.

A cleanup many weeks in the making and one that will be completed in time to welcome students back for the fall semester.

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