University Of Iowa Prepares To Clean Up


A historic flood ravaged portions of the US Midwest earlier this month including several cities which are home to well known colleges and universities. The University of Iowa located in Iowa City was one such school severely impacted by a spate of storms when the nearby Iowa River left its banks and flooded the campus.

Reports say that 10,500 students were enrolled in summer classes when the flooding shut the school down, a number equal to about half of the student population. All classes have been canceled, although the school hopes to resume summer studies in the near future.

Some labs and classrooms have been destroyed, equipment damaged, and projects lost to the deluge. If classes do resume this summer, some may have to be moved elsewhere, perhaps well off campus. Floodwater entered 16 university buildings, ranging from water in the basement to several feet of water on the main floor of certain Arts Campus buildings, according to school officials.

Not all has been lost in the floods, namely a $150 million mural by Jackson Pollock which was sent to an undisclosed site in Chicago for safekeeping in the week leading up to the flood. According to the Chicago Tribune, Pollock’s painting was sent away with other artwork, pieces having a combined market value exceeding $300 million.

Further Reading

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