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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

UI calls for volunteers to gather at 8 a.m. Wednesday to help with sandbag redistribution

Rod Lehnertz with UI Facilities Management issued the following message to the campus community Tuesday evening:
As was announced at Tuesday's UI flood event press conference, we working to help those southeastern Iowa communities that are bracing for the floods that hit us. Thanks to all of the hard volunteer work during the last week and the currently dropping river levels, we are in a position to offer the sand bags we have available (on the east side of Madison - dry and above the highest flood level) to those communities in need.

Tuesday afternoon we assembled more great volunteers, along with the IDOT and the National Guar, and sent approximately 450 tons of sand bags to our southern neighbors.

We are planning to re-assemble the trucks tomorrow morning and finish off this meaningful task. President Mason announced today that we are asking for another army of volunteers to join this effort at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Please, if you are available, join us on Madison Street in front of the Lindquist Center.

Thank you for all of the inspiring work you have done to help our university, and now our friends struggling to the south of us.