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UI recovers most items from flood

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - University of Iowa Associate Dean of Arts Joe Kearney's memories of the summer flood are still fresh in his mind.

"It was pretty chaotic," he says.

Campus officials worked to carry pieces of art and equipment to the second floor of the Art Building West, in what Kearney recalls as a 'beehive of activity.'

"In the process, it just got disorganized." In the rush, he says some items went missing. "There were three pieces in ceramics that we haven't been able to find. There were a couple of instruments, a flute and a couple of recorders, and some laptops and camcorders and some small pieces of equipment."

However, that's where the losses end. On the whole, Kearney says the amount that's still missing is smaller than it could have been. "It's still hard to know what was lost, and what was accidentally or mistakenly thrown away."

Thousands of pieces of art, costumes and ten grand pianos were save. Campus officials learned that many of the items thought to be gone forever, had been moved to areas where they were out of water's reach. As for the pieces missing, including the ceramic sculptures valued at an estimated $70,000, Kearney says there's a small chance they still could turn up.

"It's possible. It gets less and less likely we're going to find them because we've been in every nook and cranny. But we're still trying to track down what happened and when it happened, and when they were last seen."

Kearney says repairs on the Art Building West are still moving along, but he estimates it could be another year before the first floor floor is fully functional again. He added that the campus is reviewing its emergency flood plan to better prepare them for another disaster of a similar magnitude.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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