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Living with Floods 2013


Volunteers across Iowa filled sandbags in preparation of rising river levels in many Iowa communities in 2008. (Photo courtesy of UI News Service.)

Photo courtesy of UI News Service.

June 2013 marks the five-year anniversary of the historic floods of 2008 and two-year anniversary of western Iowa flooding in 2011. Living with Floods is a statewide project to commemorate the anniversary of recent flood events statewide in Iowa over the past five years, celebrate progress made towards recovery, and raise awareness of flood mitigation strategies and the interconnectedness of our environment and the watersheds in which we live.

The University of Iowa will engage with seven partner communities — Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, and Muscatine — to remember the flood and generate community discussions about managing future floods in our watersheds. 

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The project will culminate the second week of June with free public performances by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in each community. The performance will be the centerpiece of all events to celebrate progress and raise awareness.  (Note: The concert in Council Bluffs is moved to Sunday, June 9 at 5:30 pm.)

Community Events

Throughout the spring of 2013, a wide variety of educational events for youth and adults that may include curriculum in the schools, community discussions, and STEM events will be held in each community. Click on the community links to the left to learn about the calendar of events for each location.






Last modified on June 7th, 2013
Posted on September 17th, 2012