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Potential for wet weather in the next two weeks, residents urged to keep flood protection in place

The United States Army Corps of Engineers reports that the Coralville Reservoir water level continues to fall. As of this morning, Monday, June 10, the reservoir pool is at 706.30, with inflows of 11,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) and outflows of 17,800 cfs. The conduit will remain fully open through Saturday, June 15, when the outflow will be reduced to 14,000 cfs and will continue to be reduced daily to limit the drop of the pool elevation to one foot per day. This is necessary to maintain shore line soil stability.

The National Weather Service reports that the precipitation from yesterday had very little impact on the Iowa River and area creeks. No precipitation is expected today through Tuesday evening. Later Tuesday evening there is potential for 1/2 inch rain widespread, with possible swaths of heavy rain of one to two inches in areas. The Iowa River Basin area will continue to experience an active weather pattern for the next two weeks. River levels are still expected to slowly drop, but it will be difficult to predict the rate of progress. Residents are urged to keep flood protective measures in place.

City officials continue to monitor Rocky Shore Drive at CRANDIC Park. Iowa Avenue by the railroad underpass, South Gilbert Street and the Riverside Drive/River Street intersection are also being monitored. With current weather conditions, these locations should remain accessible, though additional rainfall may impact travel on these roads.

Johnson County residents who have experienced property damage to homes or businesses are encouraged to submit their damage reports to Johnson County at www.johnson-county.com. From the home page, click on "2013 Flood Information." Under the "Useful Information" section, click "Damage Assessment Reporting." State and federal authorities use data regarding damage to public and private property to determine whether an area qualifies for certain forms of assistance.

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 http://twitter.com/cityofiowacity or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-City-of-Iowa-City-Government/267660140000321.


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