June 6, 2011
At A Glance
UI to supply HESCO barriers to hold Missouri River flooding
The University of Iowa has supplied 5,400 linear feet of HESCO flood barriers to MidAmerican Energy to hold back flood waters from the Missouri River at its Sioux City and Council Bluffs generation stations.
A truck dispatched by MidAmerican arrived at the UI Monday, June 6, to take the barriers, which were stored at the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL). A second truck is expected to take another load of barriers from IATL on Tuesday, June 7. UI Facilities Management officials said 30,000 linear feet will be dispatched from HESCO to UI as a replacement for the flood barriers that have been sent to other locations, including Vidalia, La. to hold back Mississippi River flooding (see http://facilities.uiowa.edu/bls/landscape/hesco-barriers-donated-to-louisiana.html). These barriers will likely be used in other flooded areas.
The university had kept the barriers on hand since the June 2008 floods in Iowa City. UI officials say the risk of spring flooding in Iowa City is low, based on capacity levels and discharge rates at the Coralville Lake reservoir.
For more information, contact Wendy Moorehead in Facilities Management at 319-335-1246 or Dan Heater, director of Building & Landscape Services 319-335-5038.
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