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Dubuque St. In Iowa City Closed

Updated: Thursday, May 30 2013, 03:07 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Rising waters on the Iowa River has forced the city of Iowa City to close Dubuque Street near the Mayflower Residence Hall.  Below is a full news release from city leaders regarding their response to the ongoing flooding:

Because of the significant rainfall received last night in the Iowa
River Basin, the United States Army Corps of Engineers have revised
their outflow plan for the Coralville Reservoir from releasing 12,000
cubic square feet per second (cfs) to 14,000 cfs to begin this
afternoon, May 30.

Dubuque Street is closed from Park Road to Foster Road. With this
closure, motorists should use the Dodge Street exit (exit 246) on
Interstate 80. The entrance to Lower City Park, located off of Park
Road, has been closed until further notice. Expect additional closures
in the coming days.

Reservoir flows will continue to increase over the next several days.
With additional rain in the local forecast, more streets and
neighborhoods will be impacted by rising waters. Outflows from the
Coralville Reservoir will increase to 17,000 cfs on May 31 and will
continue to rise daily until the projected peak on Sunday, June 9 at
22,500 cfs. Flows are expected to remain above 20,000 cfs at least
until June 13. Projections are based on 24-hour rainfall forecast and
will change based on additional precipitation totals. Residents and
businesses in flood prone areas along the Iowa River should prepare for
possible flooding. Mandatory evacuations have not been issued to date,
but may be issued in the coming days or weeks based on the changing
flooding conditions in neighborhoods. Mayor Matt Hayek has signed a
Declaration of Civil Emergency. A copy of the declaration can be viewed
at under "Official documents."

Bus service alternate route

Manville Heights bus service will continue, but is running an alternate
route. It will run its normal route until arriving on Park Road, at
which time it will turn around in Upper City Park and return downtown.
The Peninsula and Forrest View mobile home areas will be serviced with a
shuttle bus running hourly service. The route will travel between the
Peninsula Neighborhood and the VA Hospital Loop located on Newton Road.
The bus will depart from the following stops from 6:50 a.m. - 10:15

VA Loop :50

Foster Rd. and Laura Drive :05

Swisher and Foster Rd. :10

Forrest View :15

Please call 319-356-5151 for additional transit information.

Sandbag distribution

The City of Iowa City has commenced an active sandbag operation for this
flood event. To volunteer or access sandbags please contact the United
Way at 319-337-8657 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or by dialing 2-1-1 or
1-866-469-2211 after 8 p.m. All inquiries and requests regarding sandbag
operations are being coordinated through the United Way. The primary
objective for the City's sandbag operation is to provide for the
protection of critical public infrastructure and transportation routes
in the community. Sandbags will be made available for the purpose of
protecting private property if such supplies exist beyond those needed
for the protection of critical public infrastructure and transportation
routes. If the City determines it has an excess supply of sandbags and
the resources to deliver such sandbags, then accommodations will be
made. In these cases the City cannot guarantee delivery to specific
addresses, but rather will consider strategic locations that can be
accessed by multiple people on a first-come first-served basis.

Disaster call center and emergency volunteer center

United Way of Johnson County has activated its emergency volunteer
center and disaster call center. The disaster call center is available
for those in need of flood-related information or assistance, including
requesting volunteer assistance. The disaster call center is available 8
a.m.-8 p.m. at 319-337-8657. For questions after-hours, United Way
2-1-1 is available 24/7. United Way 2-1-1 is a regional health and human
service information and referral line, which can be reached by dialing
2-1-1 or 1-866-469-2211.

The emergency volunteer center coordinates individuals and groups that
want to volunteer to help with flood preparedness or clean-up. The
center, which will be staffed 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, is located in
Montgomery Hall at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4265 Oak Crest Hill
Rd SE, Iowa City. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to
come to the center to sign up. More information is available by calling
319-337-8657. Both centers are provided by United Way of Johnson County
to free up the critical city staff so that they can meet
disaster-related emergencies and required public services.

Iowa City officials will continue to closely monitor Iowa River and area
creek levels. The City has created a web page to keep citizens updated
with the latest flood-related information and provide additional
resources. To stay up-to-date on the latest news, visit and follow the City of Iowa City on Twitter or Facebook
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