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Concern Rising With River in Johnson, Iowa Counties

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IOWA COUNTY, Iowa - Concern is building up and down the Iowa River as waters continue to rise. Monday morning the river hit six feet above flood level in Marengo but didn't cause much property destruction as the river sits outside of town.

Bear Creek between Ladora and Marengo has spilled well outside its banks, which is causing flooding in farm fields throughout Iowa County. Department of Transportation crews closed a portion of Highway 6 after an estimated three feet of water began flowing over the roadway.

Volunteers in Ladora have sandbagged around public works buildings and the wastewater treatment facility. Mayor Stan Brenneman said the area took on a lot of water but the facility continues to function normally.

The concern is flowing downriver, where officials in Johnson County are expecting the water to reach the emergency spillway at Coralville Lake late next week. With more rain expected Monday night into Tuesday, county officials are warning the public to not drive through high waters.

The National Weather Service put out a video Monday afternoon warning of possible life threatening flash flooding in the area.

Johnson County officials plan to meet Tuesday to discuss concerns about the rising waters.

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