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Iowa City continues to prepare for possibility of flooding

Iowa City officials continue to prepare for the possibility of flooding in anticipation of increased rainfall later in the week.

The National Weather Service has indicated that the potential exists for 1/2-inch of rain in the Johnson County area today, Wednesday, May 29, with the possibility of an additional one to two inches both Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. Based on current forecasts, there is potential for flooding along the Iowa River later this week or next.

The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing outflows of the Coralville Reservoir from 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 10,000 cfs today, and then to 12,000 cfs by Thursday. At 12,000 cfs, it is likely that Dubuque Street will be affected by water at its lowest points.

Transportation updates
In the event that Dubuque Street would close, motorists are encouraged to use the Dodge Street exit (exit 246) on Interstate 80. Manville Heights bus service will continue, but will run an alternate route. It will run its normal route until arriving on Park Road, at which time it will turn around in Upper City Park and return downtown. The Peninsula and Forrest View mobile home areas will be serviced with a shuttle bus running hourly service. The route will travel between the Peninsula Neighborhood and the VA Hospital Loop located on Newton Road. The bus will depart from the following stops from 6:50 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.:

VA Loop :50
Foster Rd. and Laura Drive :05
Swisher and Foster Rd. :10
Forrest View :15

Please call 319-356-5151 for additional transit information. 

Additional resources
A limited supply of pre-bagged sand bags are still available at the Iowa City Water Treatment Plant, 80 Stephen Atkins Drive. Bags are available at the second entrance, north of Stephen Atkins Drive. Gates will be open to the public until the sandbags are gone, at which time the gates will be locked as usual. Upon entering the facility drive, follow the cones to the bags. Citizens are responsible for loading their own bags. Bags and sand are also available at the Iowa City Streets Department, 3800 Napoleon Lane, by the red barn.

Individuals needing assistance or information about flood preparation in Johnson County can call the United Way Disaster Call Center at 319-337-8657 or United Way at 2-1-1 (a regional health and human service information and referral line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week). The Call Center is provided by United Way of Johnson County to free up the critical city staff so that they can meet disaster-related emergencies and required public services.

Iowa City officials will continue to closely monitor Iowa River and area creek levels. The City has created a web page to keep citizens updated with the latest flood-related information and provide additional resources. To stay up-to-date on the latest news, visit http://www.icgov.org/flood  and follow the City of Iowa City on Twitter https://twitter.com/cityofiowacity or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-City-of-Iowa-City-Government/267660140000321.

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