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Jan. 23, 2009

Law school program to examine Cedar Rapids flood, update city's status

The University of Iowa College of Law will provide a status report of Cedar Rapids' efforts to recover from last summer's floods with a program on Thursday, Jan. 29.

"Anatomy of a Disaster: The Cedar Rapids Flood and its Aftermath" begins at 12:40 p.m. in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

The multimedia program will highlight how a natural disaster devastates a community and touch on some of the challenges still facing Cedar Rapids eight months after the disastrous flooding.

Among those participating will be Cedar Rapids city council member and attorney Brian Fagan; UI law student Lesley Shafer, who did relief work in Cedar Rapids as a Summer AmeriCorps worker; and UI law alumnus Corey Luedeman of Iowa Legal Aid.

The program will also serve as a kick-off to the law school's "Rebuild Cedar Rapids" spring break project. On Saturday, March 7, students will work on rehabbing two houses in Cedar Rapids, which will serve as a construction skills training for the spring break service project on other Cedar Rapids houses March 19 and 20.

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