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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Precautionary measures urged for UI students, faculty, staff and visitors

•Based on projected river elevations ranging from four to six more feet in depth in the next few days, University of Iowa officials are urging UI students, faculty, staff and visitors to the UI campus and community to use precautionary measures. These include avoiding the Iowa River and the most affected area where sandbagging is currently occurring on campus.

•Sandbagging continues up and down the east and west sides of the Iowa River on the University of Iowa campus. While there is no immediate threat to UI buildings, and no damage has been reported, the University is taking precautionary, proactive measures to manage the risk of potential loss to buildings. The National Weather Service continues to predict substantial rainfall over the next few days for this region of the state of Iowa.

•All transportation arteries to the campus currently remain open, with the exception of Dubuque Street.

•University of Iowa faculty and staff who work on the UI Arts Campus are encouraged to continue to monitor the University of Iowa homepage for latest updates and to anticipate other developments, including removing any essential items from their office spaces that they may need, in case water levels reach much greater heights.

•The UI Office of Risk Management has assembled a team to monitor the flooding situation. The team, which will meet again at 3 p.m. today, Saturday, June 7, includes representatives from Public Safety, Parking and Transportation, Information Technology Services, Facilities Management, University Housing, University of Iowa Health Care and other departments.