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June 2, 2011

At A Glance

UI's donated barriers hold back flood waters in Louisiana

University of Iowa Facilities Management officials have received word that the HESCO barriers the UI sent to the state of Louisiana in early May were deployed to hold back Mississippi River flooding near Vidalia, La.

At the peak of the flood, the barriers were holding back 8 feet of flood water and two weeks later continue to contain nearly 6 feet of flood water. It's estimated the barriers will remain in place for at least another week as flood waters begin to recede. Vidalia (population 4,500) is across the river from Natchez, Miss. (population 18,500).

The UI expects a replacement shipment of HESCO barriers from HESCO USA sometime in the next several weeks. The UI also expects to receive requests for HESCO barriers from western Iowa as the Missouri River threatens areas of Council Bluffs and Sioux City.

See for photos and background on the donated HESCO barriers. For more information, contact Wendy Moorehead in Facilities Management at 319-335-1246.


Holden Cancer Center to host cancer survivor event June 11

Cancer survivors and their families are invited to attend the Cancer Survivors Day celebration hosted by the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Paul W. Brechler Press Box at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

Guests can have their photographs taken around the Brechler Press Box and will receive a souvenir copy of their photographs. The event also features children's activities, food and a raffle, and provides attendees an opportunity to join in discussions about diet, exercise and coping and to share their stories.

Registration for the free event is preferred but not required. For more information or to register, send an email to or call 800-237-1225.

Cancer Survivors Day attendees can also participate in the second Annual Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Reunion from noon to 3 p.m. on the same day. This event takes place at the Hope Lodge, 750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City. To RSVP for this event, call Kim or Kelly at 319-248-5400.


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