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Flood Outlook Improving in Johnson County

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Without any rain in 24 hours, the Coralville Reservoir dropped about a half of a foot by Tuesday morning. 

Even with a wet forecast, officials are hopeful that flood conditions won't be quite as bad as expected. 

"You can see I'm smiling at this point, because we continue to get some good news," said Johnson County Emergency Management Agency spokesman Terrence Neuzil. 

On June 6, the lake is supposed to crest at 3' below the spillway, which is lower than initially expected, Neuzil said. 

The lake leveling off isn't the only good news. With no calls for help in the last 24 hours, the United Way shut down its disaster relief site at noon on Tuesday. Still, there are plenty of volunteers on file just in case. 
"We know the Iowa City area, and we know Iowa, and that's what people do. People don't have to have the disaster visible in their own backyard to know there's a need and to respond to it," said volunteer Carol Martin. 
But with river levels still high, county and city officials are still keeping an eye out. If the Iowa River rises up 6" more, Iowa City may have to close Rocky Shore Drive, said spokesperson Shannon MacMahon. 
With Dubuque Street also closed, that put drivers travelling between Coralville and Iowa City in a pinch, but it has also caused some people to take caution. The Every Bloomin' Thing flower shop already moved its products 3' off of the floor, and co-owner Maja Hunt is hoping the river stays put. 
"You still worry a little bit, because you don't know what the next couple weeks could bring, as far as rain," Hunt said. 
But, she said, the business came back in 2008, and if she has to, she'll do it again this time. 
"You've just go to keep doing it. You can't let it get you down," Hunt said. 
The Army Corps of Engineers is hopeful that if things progress the way they are forecasted, the lake should sit 7' below the spillway. In four or five days, the corps may be able to open the road above the dam. 





 
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