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University of Iowa says past floods brought lessons

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  Here we go again: the University of Iowa is preparing the campus for higher levels on the Iowa River due to the Army Corps releasing more water upstream.

"We're able now to take on whatever the reservoir will release, which is near full capacity," said Rod Lehnertz, Director of Planning, Design, and Construction.

Water is already approaching the HESCO barriers outside Mayflower Residence Hall. That's why they're stacked 3 high out because this is only going to get worse.

The university knows what buildings flood due to numerous past experiences. In fact, recovery projects are still being built, more than six years after the record flooding in 2008.

"This is the wrong time for this to happen to us," said Lehnertz. "We in our construction community are busier than we've ever been and to have this interruption is something to be dealt with but thanks to our contractors and a lot of hardworking people we've been able to pull it off."

Temporary walls are up. Those HESCO barriers are out on each side of the Iowa River through campus.

Though unlike last year, here there's only one level.

"One of those lessons we learned from the first time though," said Lehnertz.

That means the cost this year, though not finalized yet, should be below last year's, which was estimated to be around $5 million dollars.


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