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FLOOD: Rural Johnson Co. Info
JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Below is the latest information from Johnson County on the flooding's impact on rural areas....
With the outflow on the rise on the Iowa River, the US Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District reported positive news to avoid topping the Coralville Reservoir emergency spillway. As of 9 am this morning, USACE reported that outflow at the Coralville Reservoir is at 18,000 CFS (Cubic Feet Per Second) with the lake level at 704.82. The Iowa River at Burlington Street in Iowa City is showing 19,000 CFS which accommodates for additional water coming in from several creeks and tributaries. Current projections are for the lake level to rise to a peak of 710 feet on July 10 and remain at that level until July 13 with gradual lowering levels after that. Normal summer levels of the Reservoir are 683 feet. Current inflow to the reservoir is 29,000 CFS with an expected crest on July 8. Rain predicted beginning this weekend into next week may alter those projections. The National Weather Service reports a chance of rain Saturday and the five day Quantitative Precipitation Fall (QPF) not more than 1.2 inches for the Iowa River Basin. At 712 feet, water will go over the lakes spillway, an event that happened in 2008 and 1993 that resulted in severe flooding. Those downstream from the Coralville Reservoir can monitor changes at www.rivergages.com.
Johnson County residents impacted by storm damage, including physical structures, houses and flooded basements, business or permanent building or other physical structures, like mobile homes, campers, boats, trailers and vehicles are encouraged to file a damage assessment report at the following web address:
Area communities, including Iowa City and Coralville along with the University of Iowa continue in their flood related prevention efforts including the use of HESCO and sand bag flood walls. As a safety precaution, people are strongly encouraged to avoid construction areas, flood barriers, and walkways near the Iowa River because of the unpredictability of the rising water. Tampering with flood barriers is prohibited, constitutes trespassing and may compromise their effectiveness.
Additional information and flood related updates for the University of Iowa, City of Iowa City and City of Coralville, can be found here:
For the University of Iowa, http://now.uiowa.edu/flood2014
For the city of Iowa City, www.icgov.org/flood
For the city of Coralville, www.coralville.org, 319-248-1700 or 319-248-1720
Johnson County mandatory evacuations are currently in place for residents on several roads near the Iowa River. Residents were served notice by the Johnson County Sheriffs Office. Homes affected are on the following roads:
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. To assist displaced residents, the Johnson and Washington County United Ways emergency volunteer center will be on standby as of noon today at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4265 Oak Crest Hill Rd SE, Iowa City. They have had no residents needing those services at this time. Volunteers stand ready to open it if the need arises. Those needing assistance or wanting to volunteer should contact the disaster call center at 319-337-8657 from 8am to 4pm daily.
Iowa City and any volunteers will continue to bag sand at the Johnson County Fairgrounds until noon today and will suspend that activity until further notice.
Residents of rural Johnson County can pick up sandbags and sand at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 3109 Old Hwy 218 S, Iowa City, on the north side of Montgomery Hall (please bring a shovel). Residents of other municipalities can contact their respective city halls.
Johnson County Secondary Roads has provided a list of the following road closures:
140th Street west of Ely Road (at the ATV Park)
Sandy Beach Road (at the beach)
Sand Road between 520th and HWY 22
River Junction Road
Y Avenue off of Tri County Bridge
560th between Sand Road and Sioux
Tri County Bridge Road
Maier Avenue between 480th and Osage
Amana Road between Blain Cemetery and Greencastle
Amana Road between Falcon and Greencastle
Dubuque Street in Iowa City remains closed between Park Avenue and Foster Road. Terrill Mill Park (across from Mayflower Dorm) is closed along with lower Iowa City City Park. The bicycle and pedestrian trail from Hwy 6 to Burlington Street remains closed as well.
Boating and swimming continue to be prohibited on the Iowa River and all creeks, streams and flooded areas south of the Coralville Dam. Water activities continue to be permitted at the Coralville Reservoir, Lake Macbride and the Cedar River; however, the Johnson County Sheriffs Office continues to advise boaters planning for 4th of July festivities to please monitor and plan accordingly.
Shawn Meier, Conservation Officer Supervisor from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is advising caution on any bodies of water this holiday weekend and is advising residents to wear life jackets and be aware of debris in the water. On Thursday night, the Iowa DNR and the Johnson County Sheriffs Office received a report of a boat sinking. There were no injuries as the boaters were wearing proper personal water protection and the two departments would like to thank the city of North Liberty Public Works for providing a pump to assist in bringing the boat to shore. Cause of the boat sinking remains under investigation.
Useful resources for additional information include: the Iowa Flood Center (www.iowafloodcenter.org); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (www.rivergages.com) and United States Geological Survey (www.ia.water.usgs.gov). Information is also available at www.johnson-county.com.