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Iowa City Officials Monitoring Iowa River Levels

Updated: Wednesday, May 29 2013, 07:44 AM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA - The National Weather Service has indicated that the potential exists for another ½-inch of rain in the Johnson County area both today, Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29, with the possibility of an additional one to two inches Thursday, May 30. Based on current forecasts, there is potential for flooding along the Iowa River later this week or next.

The City of Iowa City is taking a number of precautionary measures in anticipation of continued rainfall and flooding in the area.

• A limited number of pre-bagged sand bags are available at the Iowa City Water Treatment Plant, 80 Stephen Atkins Drive. Bags will be available at the second entrance, north of Stephen Atkins Drive. Gates will be open to the public until the sandbags are gone, at which time the gates will be locked as usual. Upon entering the facility drive, follow the cones to the bags. Citizens are responsible for loading their own bags.

• Northbound traffic on North Dubuque Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic in front of the University of Iowa Mayflower residence hall beginning today until Saturday, June 1. This lane reduction is to facilitate the installation of a Hesco flood barrier wall in front of the building.

• Southbound traffic on North Riverside Drive will be closed to through traffic beginning Wednesday through Saturday. Northbound traffic will remain open. This closure is to facilitate the installation of a flood wall at the UI Art Building West.

Iowa City officials will continue to closely monitor Iowa River and area creek levels and provide updated information as it becomes available.

Additional resources:
The Iowa Flood Center tracks specific community-based flood conditions, forecasts and related information on the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) at For details on how to use IFIS, watch the tutorial video provided on the site and contact IFIS with any questions.

The Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring water levels at the Coralville Reservoir and will adjust outflows as conditions require. The level and forecast for the Coralville Reservoir can be followed at

The National Weather Service forecast for the Iowa River can be found at

Please continue to check these links for the latest information. To keep up-to-date on the latest Iowa City news, visit or follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook or Twitter

The threat of flooding at Lower City Park, 200 E. Park Road, is resulting in some precautionary cancellations and changes, as follows:

Amusement rides at City Park will be closed today (Tuesday, May 28) and will reopen when the risk of flooding has passed.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department staff are currently contacting individuals with park shelter reservations at City Park scheduled from now through Sunday, June 16. Park staff will work with you to move your reservation to a different park location, or provide a refund on payments that have been made. If you have not been contacted about your reservation, please call the Parks and Recreation office at 319/356-5100.

• All Iowa City Boys Baseball games at City Park have been cancelled until further notice. Staff is attempting to locate alternate fields throughout the City where games may be played.
• Tee ball games that are played near the outdoor festival stage may be relocated.

Sports participants and their parents or guardians are urged to subscribe to Rainout Line, the new cancellation notification system, at or visit the Parks and Recreation web page at For additional information, call the Parks and Recreation Office at 319/356-5100.

Iowa City Officials Monitoring Iowa River Levels

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