City of Coralville Requests Volunteers for Sandbagging

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Retention ponds have been built adjacent to Clear Creek, which runs into the Iowa River, off the Coralville strip. Photographed on Monday, May 6, 2013. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

CORALVILLE, Iowa - The City of Coralville continues in its preparations for flooding from the Iowa River and Clear Creek. Volunteers are needed to assist with filling sandbags beginning at 11:00 am today. Volunteers willing to assist with this effort are asked to report to the Coralville Streets Department at 750 Camp Cardinal Boulevard. This is located south of Highway 6 across from McGregor's Furniture. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and park on James Street and walk west towards the domes. The sandbags will be used by the City to protect areas deemed most in danger of flooding based on elevations along the waterways.

Volunteers are also welcome to report to the United Way Emergency Volunteer Center, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Emergency Volunteer Center is located in Montgomery Hall on the second floor at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4265 Oak Crest Hill Rd SE, Iowa City. Handicap accessible ramp available on the south side of the building.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has indicated that, based on recent and projected rainfall, the water level in the Coralville Reservoir may reach the emergency spillway early next week. The Corps plans to increase the release rate from the Reservoir today to 17,000 cubic feet per second with additional increases in the coming days.

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