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Dubuque Street Flooding Update
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is trying balance how high the water is rising at the Coralville Reservoir with how much they can let through the dam.
The goal is to keep areas downstream from flooding even more without flooding areas upstream of the dam.
People in the flood plain in Iowa City should be especially careful because the corps will be opening that dam to let in around 16,000 cubic feet per second in the coming weeks.
To put that in perspective, anything more than 11,500 cubic feet per second means parts of Dubuque St. are flooded out.
The water-flow plan from the Corps on top of the rising Iowa River means low lying areas of the street could be closed for weeks.
The Iowa River is expected to crest on Saturday at nearly 23 feet; that would be the sixth highest crest on record.
Right now, the city is working on designs to raise Dubuque St. above the flood plain. That plan has gotten resistance from residents in the neighborhood who say it would destroy the history of the area and create more major traffic in their back yards.