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Johnson County Issues Mandatory Evacuations

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The Johnson County Board of Supervisors have issued a mandatory evacuation for the following rural areas this afternoon....
*    Izaak Walton Road SE
*    Camino Del Rio SE
*    Driftwood Lane SE
*    Ocean Boulevard SE
*    River Front Estates NE
*    6979 and 6951 Tri County Bridge Road
*    Lola Lane SE
*    Sand Road South of 560th Street to Hwy 22
*    Winter Eagle Road SE
*    River Bend Road SE
*    Fountain Court SE
Residents should be aware that electricity and natural gas will be turned off to the affected areas.

In addition to the evacuation, ingress and egress to and from the areas are limited to authorized law enforcement, emergency management personnel, and other necessary government officials.  To request assistance with evacuation, residents may contact United Way 2-1-1.

The rising Iowa River will also impact several Iowa City residents. City officials advise residents of the following neighborhoods to be on high alert. Impacted neighborhoods at 15,000 CFS levels will be:

Normandy Drive
Taft Speedway
Rocky Shore Drive
Iowa Avenue lower point (Rail Bridge)

Commercial areas:
Stevens Drive
Potential for flooding on South Gilbert at higher levels

For more information on the expected impact of flooding in Johnson County, see the full news release from emergency managers below:

Jim Stiman from the US Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District has notified Johnson County Emergency Management and officials at the Emergency Operations Center of the current water levels of the Coralville Lake Reservoir and has advised emergency officials that current projections indicate that the Reservoir Lake levels may exceed over 712 feet and go over the spillway as soon as July 9th or July 10th. New projections are being calculated and will be updated at www.rivergages.com. The Reservoir went over the spillway in 2008. Early predictions are the lake levels may rise as much as 713 or 714 feet - because of that, officials will start to raise water levels on the Iowa River. Currently as of 9am today, the Lake level was at 701.81.

Current outflow at the Coralville Reservoir as of 9am, July 2, 2014: 8,000 CFS (Cubic Feet Per Second)
Projected outflow at the Coralville Reservoir on July 2nd at 11am will be: 10,000 CFS
Projected outflow at the Coralville Reservoir on July 2nd at 6pm will be: 15,000 CFS
Projected outflow at the Coralville Reservoir on July 3rd will be: 17,000 CFS
Projected outflow at the Coralville Reservoir after July 3rd will be: 20,000 (fully open conduit)

Record levels on the Iowa River in Marshalltown (which is a part of the Iowa River basin) is having a significant impact on the Coralville Reservoir. National Weather Service also projects a chance of rain today, with better chances of rain beginning Friday night and over the weekend. An unsettled weather pattern remains in the forecast after that.

Those downstream from the Coralville Reservoir can monitor changes at www.rivergages.com. With river levels on the rise, residents in low-lying are highly advised to be prepared to leave.

Johnson County Board of Supervisor officials HAVE issued a mandatory evacuation for this afternoon. A separate release will be sent to show all rural neighborhoods impacted.

The rising Iowa River will also have a significant impact on several Iowa City residents. City officials advise residents of the following neighborhoods to be on high alert. Impacted neighborhoods at 15,000 CFS river levels will be:

Normandy Drive
Taft Speedway
Rocky Shore Drive
Iowa Avenue lower point (Rail Bridge)

Commercial areas:
Stevens Drive
Potential for flooding on South Gilbert at higher levels

More information will be released on additional neighborhoods impacted as they become available.

Johnson County Sheriff is anticipating a boat ban order on the Iowa River below the Reservoir to the Johnson County border. At 15,000 CFS output from the Reservoir triggers that order. The Sheriff's Office is advising boaters planning for 4th of July festivities to please monitor and plan accordingly.

Additional Information:

Johnson County Secondary Roads has provided the following list of road closures:

*    140th Street east of Ely Road (at the ATV Park)
*    Sandy Beach Road (at the beach)
*    Chambers between Amana Road and Knapp Creek Way
*    Chambers south of 140th
*    Buchanan north of 540th
*    Orville Yoder Turnpike between Black Diamond and the bridge
*    Black Diamond between Half Moon and Hazelwood
*    Black Diamond west of Blackhawk
*    Cosgrove Road at Old Man's Creek
*    Eagle Avenue south of Rohret
*    Blackhawk Avenue at Old Man's Creek
*    Sand Road between 520th and HWY 22
*    River Junction Road
*    White Oak between 500th and 520th
*    Napoleon between Sand Road and Sioux
*    Kansas Avenue between HWY 1 and Sharon Center Road
*    Y Avenue off of Tri County Bridge
*    560th between Sand Road and Sioux
*    Tri County Bridge Road
*    Maier Avenue between 480th and Osage
*    500th west of Oakcrest Hill Road
*    Oakcrest Hill Road at 500th Street
*    Oakcrest Hill Road between Observatory and 545th Street
*    Amana Road between Blain Cemetery and Greencastle

Other road closures and pertinent information from Iowa City and Coralville can be found on their city websites. Flood preparation information at the University of Iowa can be found at:    http://now.uiowa.edu/keywords/flood-updates-2014.

Governor Terry Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Johnson County in response to flooding and severe weather. The governor's proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms. In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program. The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. Individuals who are eligible for state assistance can contact HACAP at 319-393-7811.

Johnson County Conservation has closed Hills Access Park near the city of Hills and the River Junction Access in southern Johnson County due to the rising water and flood dangers of the Iowa River. These areas will remain closed until further notice.

Johnson County Public Health Department is advising residents to stay out of standing water as debris may be under submerged water. Other public safety measures can be found at Johnson-County.com.

Johnson County rural unincorporated residents in need of already prepared sand bags can pick them up for free near the west gate at Johnson County Secondary Roads at 4810 Melrose Ave in western Iowa City.

Emergency Management will continue to monitor weather conditions and water levels in order to assist emergency response throughout the county.
 
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