The Iowa Memorial Union ground floor reopened today after several years of reconstruction and renovation following the 2008 floods.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held earlier today, President Sally Mason and other speakers acknowledged the participation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa branch of Homeland Security. FEMA awarded almost $500 million for campus-wide reconstruction and flood mitigation including over $20 million for the IMU rebuild and cleanup. The IMU interior received $1.8 million from FEMA.
The IMU was flooded and condemned on June 13, 2008 when the Iowa River overflowed its banks and came through the walls to soak the University of Iowa student center on Madison Street between Jefferson and Market.