Flooding the Pages
By Josie Jones
Connie Mutel’s earliest memories are of plants. The historian and archivist of the UI’s IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering institute said she is much happier when in nature, and she depends on the natural world for her mental health.
Because she was in Switzerland when the 2008 floods hit eastern Iowa, she was devastated because she wasn’t able to witness something she studied all her life. In an effort to help others understand the events, she edited the book A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008.
“I think whenever you have a chaotic event…”