Iowa City businessman Tom Bender recalls his experiences in the 2008 flood

Tom Bender
Noaquia Callahan, University of Iowa
John Kelly, University of Iowa

Flood Project


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