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Sunday, June 15, 2008

UI officials: No more volunteers needed

The University of Iowa has suspended its volunteer operations, effective Saturday night, June 14, after sandbagging all possible areas on campus that are at risk of flooding. Volunteers should not report to campus today. Instead, the UI is encouraging people who want to assist with flood relief efforts to contact the City of Iowa City, which continues to need volunteer help with filling sandbags. To offer your assistance, call the Iowa City Hall Flood Hotline at 319-887-6202. The hotline is operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Don Guckert, associate vice president for facilities management, Sunday morning praised the work of the volunteers who assisted with sandbagging around campus over the past week.

"It was a huge success," Guckert said. "Through their efforts, they've saved a lot of university buildings. Even those buildings that did flood will be better off because they will sustain less damage and be returned to operation much sooner."