Coralville Lake Dropping; Weather Being Watched

By Greg Hennigan, Reporter

Floodwaters from the Coralville Lake flow up to the emergency spillway Wednesday at the lake in Iowa City.

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By Denisse Rauda

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Coralville Lake continued to drop Thursday, but officials are keeping an eye on a wet weather forecast.

The lake was at 708.2 feet above sea level Thursday morning, down from Wednesday’s crest of 708.44 feet. The lake’s emergency spillway, which officials just days ago predicted would be topped, sits at 712 feet.

A storm is expected to bring up to 1 inch of rain Saturday night into Sunday, according to a news release from Johnson County Emergency Management. But the National Weather Service is concerned that the storm system is strengthening and could stall over the area, with rain lasting into Monday, according to the release.

The Iowa River in Iowa City was at 24.89 feet at noon Thursday, which is just below “major” flood stage, according to the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities. The river is predicted to reach 25 feet on Friday and stay at that level for several days.

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