Title

Iowa City businessman Tom Bender's experiences in the 2008 flood

Interviewer & Interviewee

Tom Bender

Project

2008 Flood

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Document Type

Oral History

Duration

27:01

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

History Dept., University of Iowa

Description

Hear Tom Bender describe how over eighty volunteers attempted to save the two buildings he leased in Iowa City. He describes how many tenants refused to believe the flood would happen, let alone prove as devastating as it did. Their skepticism, he says, was based largely upon the 1993 flood and the widespread belief that large, damaging floods happen only once per century or at even longer intervals. Bender continues to worry about municipal responses to the flood, and fears not enough is being done to counter, or even prepare for, future floods.

Interviewers Noaquia Callahan and John Kelly

Keywords

flood, commerical buildings

Rights

Copyright © 2013 The University of Iowa

 

URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/historycorps/1