For the first time in a month, the Iowa River on Monday dropped below flood stage in Iowa City, bringing to an end the disastrous Flood of 2008. Still, with 20 buildings damaged, officials at the University of Iowa are searching for temporary classroom space for the fall semester, and nearly 250 homeowners are trying to repair their homes. Though waters this year rose higher than the historic flood of 1993, they receded more quickly, due largely to a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to allow a faster release from Coralville Lake -- at one point reaching more than 296,000 gallons per second.

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