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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Clapp Recital Hall is coordination site for flood relief volunteers

Clapp Recital Hall is now the coordination site for all University of Iowa campus volunteer efforts, according to UI officials. Volunteers wearing appropriate clothing, including boots and gloves, should report directly to the Clapp Hall site before engaging in other activities.

Additionally, Clapp Hall remains a focal point of volunteer efforts:

--Volunteers will be needed beginning at 1 p.m. today (Tuesday, June 10), to fill sand bags at Clapp Hall.

UI officials also noted that key transportation arteries to the campus have been lost with the closing late Monday of the Park Road Bridge and Rocky Shore Drive. Dubuque Street also is closed.

In addition normal operations remain suspended on the Arts Campus due to rising floodwaters, and relocation activities to other parts of campus are underway. Buildings on the Arts Campus include: Hancher Auditorium, Voxman Hall, E.C. Mabie Theatre, Art Building, Art Building West and the Museum of Art.

UI officials noted that about one-half mile of dike has been installed on campus to hold back rising floodwaters. This includes 2,000 feet of dike along the west side of the Iowa Rive and some 700 feet of dike along the east side of the river. The dike consists of sandbags and jersey barriers, commonly used to separate construction lanes on the interstate highway system.