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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Volunteers needed to assist with sandbagging on UI campus

UI officials said late Saturday afternoon that they are on schedule with sandbagging to protect university buildings from flood damage, but would like to step up the pace, and therefore are calling for volunteers - who are at least age 14 - to assist in the effort. Volunteers are especially needed on three sites on the UI campus, and they may report as early as 8 a.m. Sunday, June 8 at these locations: 1) Lot 24, which is north of Currier Residence Hall on Clinton Street; 2) the UI Arts campus, near Clapp Recital Hall; and 3) the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). Parking for volunteers is available at Hancher and in the IMU ramp on N. Madison St.

Also, UI officials said they are cooperating with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the city of Iowa City in closing all boat ramps along the Iowa River from the Coralville Dam through the city limits of Iowa City and are asking all boaters to stay off the river. The ramps were closed Saturday morning in response to flooding and much higher water levels that likely will continue through the coming week.

In addition, late Saturday afternoon academic administrators at the UI were considering the possibility of moving summer school classes, summer music camps, and other activities from the arts campus on the west side of the Iowa River to other locations on campus in anticipation of elevated water levels in the Iowa River and subsequent flooding, but no decisions to do so have been made at this time.