Hurricane Ike U. City gets OK to buy out flooded properties By Rachel Lippmann • Jul 21, 2011 View University City Flood Damage in a larger map A long-delayed buyout of 26 properties in University City that were severely damaged by flash flooding in 2008 has gotten a final level of approval. Class-action suit over 2008 floods in U-City can go forward By Rachel Lippmann • Apr 19, 2011 View University City Flood Damage in a larger map A Missouri appeals court has ruled that a class-action lawsuit stemming from 2008 flash floods that killed two people and severely damaged more than 100 houses in University City can go forward. The lawsuit alleges that the Metropolitan Sewer District's failure to maintain the River Des Peres made it impossible for the system to handle what amounted to predictable heavy rain. The floods were the result of the remnants of Hurricane Ike.