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Coralville Dam Expected To Crest Lower Than First Predicted

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - With the dry weather over the past couple of days, The Army Corp of Engineers is now predicting a lower crest for the Coralville Reservoir. However, that isn’t stopping the Corp from closing areas near the Reservoir.

On Sunday, park rangers said the influx of people at the Dam is part of what’s leading to the closure. They said that so many folks coming in to look at the water is causing safety concerns. They explained while folks are looking at the water, they aren’t always paying attention to their driving or where they’re walking. Rangers also add that with too many people, they simply can’t do their job.

"The traffic is getting a bit too much, too much pedestrian traffic, and we have to do our Dam inspections on a daily basis," Park Ranger Terry Escher said.

The road over the Coralville Dam closes in both directions starting at 10:00 p.m. Monday night. The Tailwater West Recreation Area was already closed on Sunday. Monday night at 5:00 p.m., the Tailwater East and Cottonwood Recreation Areas will also close. As of Sunday night, the reservoir was not expected to overflow its spillway when it crests on either Thursday or Friday.

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