Flood Update: Hilton making progress

By Chris Williams, Publisher

I just got done taking a media tour of the flooded Hilton Coliseum.

For some updated pictures of the flood, CLICK HERE.

Here are a few notes concerning Iowa State’s facilities.

– How high did the water actually get? “The water was actually up to about the second row of the parquet on the sides, on the north and south,” assistant athletic director of event management Nick Britton told reporters during the tour. “Our goal right now is to get the water out of the building and get everyone in here we need to help us do that.”

There are currently four sump-pumps running inside of Hilton to get the water level down. Water is still nearly to the corner scoreboards inside of the facility.

– Iowa State senior associate athletic director of communications Steve Malchow issued this message to Cyclone fans.

“We are a resilient bunch. This is a tough thing that we are going to have to battle together but there are strong-minded people in this athletic department and we’ll survive this too. It is a challenge but one that we will have to embrace.”

– The athletic department hasn’t found any damage to Jack Trice Stadium. The only issue that could be around on Sept. 2 is parking. That still isn’t known for sure at this time.

– Iowa State’s ticket office will be closed on Friday. It was damaged in the flood and will be getting new carpet. If you want to order tickets or do anything like that, you can still do it online.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football’s postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines’ top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO.

Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio.

When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.