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News and Notes from the City of Coralville, September 29, 2016

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Meetings: Library Board of Trustees (October 5), Planning & Zoning Commission (October 5), City Council (October 11)
  • 2016 Paul Engle Prize event; library closes at 5:00 pm (October 6)
  • Family Night at the library (October 10)
  • Skate Park Road Trip (October 13)

View all upcoming events

 

Why Not Have Coffee With a Cop?

Build community connections over a cup o' joe

Throughout October 

The Coralville Police Department is hosting four “Coffee with a Cop” events during the month of October. It’s a great time for anyone in the community to ask questions, discuss concerns, say hello, and get to know the Coralville Police Department outside of a crisis situation, all over a cup of coffee in a casual setting. Learn more

 

Kick It to the Curb

Mayor's Clean Up Week

October 3-7

Set out big items, such as broken furniture or busted bathroom fixtures, for free pickup on trash day. If you have unwanted (but usable) building and housing materials and appliances, consider donating them to ReStore. Learn more 

 

Too Toxic to Trash

Free disposal of household hazardous waste

Friday, October 7 | 10:00 am-1:00 pm 

Thanks to a partnership with the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, residents can bring up to one box per household of hazardous waste (like unwanted cleaning products or lawn and garden chemicals) to a mobile collection station at the City Hall parking lot for free, safe disposal. Learn more

 

Don’t Wait, Check the Date!

Replace smoke alarms every 10 years

Fire prevention week | October 9-15

Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years, but do you know how old your smoke alarms are? Relying on smoke alarms past their expiration date puts you at an increased risk in the event of a home fire. Learn more

 

Fire Department Open House

Sunday, October 16 | Noon-4:00 pm

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, stop by Fire Station #1 on 5th Street for a live demonstration, fire safety information, fire truck display, kids fire extinguisher game, and refreshments. Learn more

 

On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

OPERATIVO:  A Night of Opera Love Duets, Wine, & Chocolate Cake

Friday, September 30 | 7:30 pm

ConcertIA presents a luscious evening of beautiful music, wine, and dessert! Learn more

Imagine Tomorrow: An Evening of Gershwin

Friday, October 7 | 7:30 pm

Celebrate the Center’s fifth birthday with a special evening featuring the music of George Gershwin, concluding with a performance of Gershwin’s masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue. Learn more

All in a Day Play Festival

Saturday, October 8 | 7:30 pm

Dreamwell Theatre and City Circle Acting Company of Coralville once again join forces for this award-winning event to create seven ten minute plays in just 24 hours. Learn more

 

What's Happening at the Library

A Banned Books Evening with Larry Baker

Thursday, September 29 | 7:00 pm

How does a book taught in high schools become a national bestseller, a Hallmark Hall of Fame family movie, and end up on the American Library Association “banned books” list? This event takes place at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more

Paranormal Iowa

Wednesday, October 5 | 7:00 pm

Chad Lewis of Unexplained Research takes us on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Iowa! Learn more

Roxane Gay to Receive Paul Engle Prize

Thursday, September 6 | 7:00 pm

Roxane Gay will receive the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, during a special ceremony at the Coralville Public Library as part of the Iowa City Book Festival. Ms. Gay will be interviewed by writer Alea Adigweme. The Library will close at 5:00 pm for this event, which is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Learn more

It’s a Mystery Book Group:
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Wednesday, October 12 | 10:00 am

Find out what happens when a teenaged orphan and a retired Sherlock Holmes set out to find the kidnapped daughter of an American senator in the early years of World War I. Learn more

 

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Police: Naked man defecated on doorstep of Iowa City home

An Iowa City man was arrested after he allegedly tried to trespass into an Iowa City house while naked, and then defecated and urinated on the house's doorstep.

According to police complaints from the Iowa City Police Department, officers responded to a house at 12:28 a.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of Lower West Branch Road of Iowa City on a report of a naked man trying to trespass into the victim's house by pushing his way into the front door. The man had left the residence when police had arrived.

A resident of the house had identified the man as Thomas Larry Warren, 49, of Iowa City, whose clothes, wallet, car keys and driver's license had been left on their doorstep, according to the complaint. While on the property, Warren allegedly urinated and defecated on the doorstep.

via www.press-citizen.com


Iowa flooding: Relief as some Cedar Rapids residents go home

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. — Gary and Lynn Stansbery lost nearly everything in Cedar Rapids' flood of 2008, including every photo of their children and all but one wedding photo. They left their home Sunday praying to be spared another disaster.

They happily joined thousands of residents and business owners who were permitted Wednesday to return to areas near the flooded Cedar River that had been evacuated earlier this week.

“When I heard we didn’t have a drop of water, I was jumping up and down,” Lynn Stansbery said.

The Iowa National Guard moved barricades overnight to reduce the size of the evacuation area, effectively reopening 2,500 properties in the downtown district and on the western side of the Cedar. The Stansbery home is on Eighth Street N.W., right on the border of the original evacuation zone, which affected properties that would be inundated if the river rose above 24 feet.

The river cleared 31 feet in 2008. On Tuesday, it crested just below 22 feet, with city leaders also crediting temporary protections they erected to guard vulnerable neighborhoods.

via www.desmoinesregister.com


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Iowa flooding: Thousands evacuate Cedar Rapids - CNN.com

(CNN) Thousands of Iowans are taking no chances in advance of what could be one of the worst floods in the state's history.

For days, the rising waters of rivers and creeks in eastern Iowa have forced more than 10,000 residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, out of their homes and businesses.
 
The flood, the worst Cedar Rapids has witnessed since 2008, comes on the heels of a fatal Wisconsin flood after heavy rains hit the area last week.

via www.cnn.com


Iowa city hit with evacuation as flooding worsens - CNN.com

(CNN) Swollen rivers and creeks have prompted evacuations and curfews in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin as flooding threatens thousands of people with loss of property and possibly life.

The city most immediately threatened is Cedar Rapids in eastern Iowa, where more than 10,000 people have been evacuated from homes and businesses.
 
The city is preparing for the Cedar River to crest at 23 feet at 7 a.m. Tuesday and for it to hold that height for six hours, Greg Buelow, the public safety coordinator, told CNN.
 
Buelow said city employees and volunteers have tried to mitigate damage from flooding, but he warned that people were still under significant risk if they did not abandon the area.
 
"The temporary flood protection systems have held to this point; however, there are no guarantees with temporary flood protection measures of earthen berms, Hesco flood barriers and levees," Buelow said. "We are still strongly encouraging people to evacuate."

via www.cnn.com


The Latest: About 100 Homes in Palo, Iowa, Evacuated - ABC News

About 100 homes in low-lying areas of the small Linn County town of Palo along the Cedar River have been evacuated.

City Clerk Trisca Dix tells The Associated Press that the mandatory evacuation in the town of about 1,000 took place Saturday afternoon before the river was expected to crest Sunday night at 24.5 feet.

via abcnews.go.com


Cedar Rapids Plans for Evacuation

Cedar Rapids, IA--September 24, 2016--The City’s Incident Command Team will officially activate at the Central Fire Station at 7:00 a.m. Sunday, September 25. This team of employees from departments throughout the City will be on hand 24 hours a day to respond as needed.  Planning functions have been ongoing and will continue through today until activation.
 
We are asking for residents and businesses in affected areas to evacuate by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.  Evacuation plans are drawn for a 28 feet inundation area. Detailed maps of the area, as well as address lists are available on the City website: www.cedar-rapids.org.  If your home or business is on that list, we ask that you secure your possessions and leave your property by that time.
 
Along with the evacuation, we will also be enacting and enforcing a curfew in evacuated neighborhoods from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.  The police department will be patrolling the neighborhoods.
 
The Iowa National Guard has been requested and will be in place around the evacuation area.
 
Some businesses in the downtown area will not be able to get employees to their buildings because of road closings. They will need to close those locations starting Monday until we are able to open roads again.
 
After flood waters recede, the area will be searched for hazards and cleared as needed.  Then initial inspections would occur and teams will work to determine when residents can return to their properties.  People should plan to be out of their homes and businesses for up to 7 days. After that they will likely have access, but may not be able to move back in, depending on conditions.

Visit the city's website at www.cedar-rapids.org for the latest information.


Cedar Rapids: CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES FOR FLOOD PREPARATIONS

Cedar Rapids, IA – September 24, 2016 – Current road closures as of September 24, 2:00 p.m. Information also available on the City’s website, www.cedar-rapids.org and will be updated as necessary.

Bridges:

  • All downtown bridges currently closed, in addition to 8th Avenue, 12th Avenue, and 16th Avenue Bridges.


I-380 Ramp Closures

  • The 5th Avenue SW/Diagonal Drive SW exit (Exit 19A) for northbound traffic will be restricted to emergency and construction vehicles only
  • The 1st Street W exit (Exit 19C) for northbound traffic will be closed to all traffic
  • The 1st Street E exit (Exit 20A) for southbound traffic will be closed to all traffic
  • The 1st Avenue W exit (Exit 19B) for southbound traffic will be restricted to emergency and construction vehicles only

I-380 can still be accessed at Wilson Avenue SW and 7th Street NE.

Road Closures

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues – closed between 6th Street W to 5th Street E
  • 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Avenues SE – closed between 1st Street SE to 6th Street SE
  • 8th Avenue – closed between 1st Street SW to 10th Street SE
  • 12th Avenue – closed between C Street SW to 10th Street SE
  • 16th Avenue – closed between C Street SW to 4th Street SE
  • 1st Street NE –closed between A Street NE to 1st Avenue E
  • 7th Street SE – closed at 8th Avenue SE to southbound traffic
  • 8th Street SE – closed at 8th Avenue SE to southbound traffic

Access will be maintained for emergency personnel, construction vehicles, and property owners only. The public is asked to avoid the downtown area, NewBo area, Time Check NW area, and Czech Village area to assist with flood preparation efforts and provide room for construction vehicles.

Information will continue to be provided on the city’s website: www.cedar-rapids.org.