December 27, 2008
Iowa museums aim to protect art works
Additional steps will be taken to better protect valuable artwork being kept at temporary galleries in Iowa following last summer's floods, an official says.
Czech & Slovak Museum President Gail Naughton said in the wake of more than $15 million in damage to the collections at four eastern Iowa museums hit by flooding in June, provisions are now in place to prevent further damage at the replacement sites, The Des Moines (Iowa) Register reported Saturday.
As a response to the flooding, temporary art galleries will be created at an annex of the museum, as well as at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
The Register said among the provisions to be added are the use of back-flow prevention valves to limit problems with the sewer system during heavy rains.