Iowa State University's football team was scheduled for an early-morning weightlifting session today. But instead of pumping iron, players heaved sand.
With the gymnasium floor at Hilton Coliseum, home of the Cyclones men's and women's basketball teams, already under an estimated eight feet of water, the players sandbagged outside the Jacobson Athletic Building - headquarters for most of the university's athletics department - as a precautionary measure. The players also helped athletics department staff members, student trainers and managers move as much football equipment as possible to the Jacobson Building's second floor, and the sport medicine area was cleared of movable equipment.
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Torrential downpours dropped up to six inches of rain in parts of Iowa on Tuesday night, closing roads in and around Ames. Some football players and Iowa State personnel weren't even able able to reach the campus today.