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2014-07-04 12:20:52

IOWA CITY, Iowa, 4 July 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As Johnson County officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in low-lying areas earlier this week, HESCO flood barriers were deployed in the City of Iowa City, City of Burlington, City of Davenport along the Mississippi River this week as part of the flood preparation efforts. Hesco Bastion, Inc. is a leader in the design, manufacture, and deployment of earth-filled barriers, and is based in Charleston, SC. Photo -...

2011-08-26 14:00:00

Full roster of teachers, entertainers and events set the stage for leading yoga festival on October 7, 8 and 9, to be held at the Coralville Hotel & Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa (PRWEB) August 26, 2011 More than 400 yoga students and teachers are expected to attend the Second Annual Iowa City (Iowa) Yoga Festival â“ one of the leading yoga festivals in the Midwest â“ which will take place on October 7, 8 and 9 at the...

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2009-09-04 11:09:34

Research on the geophysical aspects of flooding could be key to developing new, real-time flood warning and forecasting systems In the early 17th century, William Shakespeare wrote, "Great floods have flown from simple sources." It turns out Shakespeare's conclusion holds up: Scientists are now showing that small streams may hold the secret to great floods. In June 2008, no one fully expected flood waters to reach the 500-year-flood level in Iowa. The deluge overwhelmed streams and breeched...

2008-06-26 12:00:00

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jun. 26--CEDAR RAPIDS -- A federal emergency jobs program will match five Iowans who are out of work due to recent flooding with the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, which needs help recovering from the flood. "They'll be able to help us with some of the lifting and carrying to put the place back together," Tom Moore, the museum's executive director, said about the workers who will be hired through a $17.1...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

Recovery from flood waters that saturated portions of the U.S. midsection has begun as river communities begin to plot their reconstruction. Whole neighborhoods may be relocated in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while the University of Iowa in Iowa City must repair or rebuild up to 20 buildings, USA Today reported Wednesday. We're talking about billions of dollars in damage ... many, many years to rebuild and recover, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said. Last week, Congress authorized nearly $2.7 billion...

2008-06-16 09:00:03

By ALLEN G BREED By Allen G. Breed and Jim Salter The Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa A week's work of frantic sandbagging by students, professors and the National Guard couldn't spare this college town from the surging Iowa River, which has swamped more than a dozen campus buildings and forced the evacuation Sunday of hundreds of nearby homes. The swollen river, which bisects this city of about 60,000 residents, was topping out at about 31.5 feet - a foot and a half below...

2008-06-16 06:00:03

By Alan Gomez, Marisol Bello and Judy Keen CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Marie Welton figures her daughter will have to bulldoze her flooded home here. She worries about the survival of her own business, a children's hair salon, as people recover from epic flooding that put 1,000 blocks underwater. "They say we're going to be resilient. They say we'll overcome this," Welton, 52, said Sunday, but Iowans' can-do spirit "is going to keep going down before it comes up." Floodwaters began to recede...

2008-06-16 00:00:10

By Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jun. 15--IOWA CITY -- The flooded Iowa River crested today at more than a foot lower than predicted. But Iowa City officials warn that a very slow descent will keep the river at flood levels for days and keep affected residents and business owners out of their property for some time. Getting people back into their homes and businesses could take days or weeks once floodwaters drop, Mayor Regenia Bailey said, because the safety of...

2008-06-16 00:00:02

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ While Iowans battle flooding in small towns and larger cities, residents along the Mississippi River are trying to tame the power of North America's largest river as it swells with water from the Iowa and Cedar Rivers, as well as heavy flows from Illinois waterways. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said the Mississippi would be the next battleground. "It's likely we'll see major flooding in every city on the border, from New Boston on down. We're very concerned about that," he...

2008-06-15 12:00:00

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The dark, filthy water that flooded Iowa's second-largest city finally started to recede Saturday after forcing 24,000 people to flee, but those who remained were urged to cut back on showering and flushing to save the last of their unspoiled drinking water. A sandbagging siege saved the last of the city's four collection wells from contamination by the record flood. But officials warned that if people didn't cut back, the water will run out within three to four days....


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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