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Evacuees Pack Up With Limited Time
JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Johnson County is now in an official state of emergency as water levels continue to rise on both the Coralville reservoir and the Iowa River.
Those flood waters are forced some people form their homes on Wednesday night through mandatory evacuations from the county, while others in low lying areas of Iowa City were under voluntary evacuation.
Brandt Uitermarkt was quickly moving his belongings from his rented home on Ocean Boulevard into the back of his truck. He said he found out about the mandatory evacuation for his area while he was at work, and rushed home right away, for the second year in a row.
"It's just a bummer. It's like, last year, we had two hours, this year, they gave us a half hour," Uitermarkt said.
As he pulled his bike, bow, and other equipment from his house, Uitermarkt said he could be displaced for a month.
"I'm not scared, I just, you know, don't want to be displaced. We're not, I think, at risk of damage here, but just, it's never fun to have to move out of your house," he said.
Just next door, Nicki Julian was just grateful she and her family have a place to go this year.
"Oh my gosh, yes, I don't know what we'd do without our friends," Julian said. "Last year we were flooded as well for two weeks and we ended up in a hotel for two weeks."
They're lucky they have a place to go when all of the water pouring through the dam does not. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeing water levels flow into the reservoir that are higher than they were in 2008.
"That's our main concern, is all that water has got to come into the reservoir, so we're trying to make room for it the best we can," said Coralville Dam operations manager Dee Goldman.