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Army Corps Hopes to Control Flood
Updated: Wednesday, May 29 2013, 12:21 PM CDT
CORALVILLE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It's a delicate balancing act at the Coralville Reservoir. That's where the Army Corps of Engineers is trying to hold back as much of the flood waters as they can.
The latest forecast brings the water right to the top of the dam's spillway. That's as the Corps is increasing the outflow from the dam downstream into Coralville and Iowa City. That's where preparations are underway to protect property and businesses from the water.
Wednesday morning, the flow of water downstream was increased to 10,000 cubic feet per second. Later this week, that will be increased to 15,000cfs. Officials could increase the outflow to 21,000cfs if needed before losing control of the water level.
As has been the case all week, any additional rain in the coming days could change the way officials at the dam try to hold back the water.