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Flood 2014

The Iowa River Flexes Its Muscles

Last week water crept up the bank, edging near sidewalks and bridges.

The swollen Iowa River flows past the University of Iowa Power Plant.

Sentry on the River

Water pours over the dam near the Stanley Hydraulics Lab.

July 3, 2014 — the Iowa River is rising in response to heavy rains in the watershed.

Invisible? Not Really.

Crews set up the invisible flood wall.

The “invisible flood wall” becomes visible as crews erect the structure around the Art Building West.

Art Building West

The UI’s Art Building West was significantly damaged by the floods of 2008; it is better protected in 2014.

Work crews erect the invisible flood wall around the Art Building West.

Flood Protection

The invisible flood wall is actually quite visible after it has been deployed.

A geometric view of work on the invisible flood wall.

Invisible Flood Wall

Crews can quickly erect this barrier against floodwaters.

Work crews begin the task of setting up the invisible flood wall around the Art Building West.


Crews, students, and other volunteers help protect campus buildings by filling and stacking sandbags.

Crews sandbag near the UI Water Plant.

Flood Control on Campus

HESCO barriers were originally designed for use on beaches and marshes for erosion and flood control.

HESCO barriers create a temporary flood wall to protect campus buildings.

Protecting Campus

HESCO barriers were successfully deployed on the University of Iowa campus last year to protect against floodwaters.

Crews erect HESCO barriers to serve as temporary flood walls along the Iowa River on the UI campus.

HESCO Barriers

HESCO barriers go up around campus to serve as a temporary flood wall.

HESCO barriers can be stacked three levels high when needed.
Last modified on July 3rd, 2014
Posted on July 3rd, 2014

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