Iowa City Officials Close Dubuque Street Due to Flooding

Workers continue to build a HESCO barrier flood wall in front of the Mayflower Residence Hall on the University of Iowa Campus a flood waters begin to rise Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The City of Iowa City has closed Dubuque Street as the Iowa River continues to rise. Officials said that the closure could last until mid-June.

Here's the press release from the city:

Because of the significant rainfall received last night in the Iowa River Basin, the United States Army Corps of Engineers have revised their outflow plan for the Coralville Reservoir from releasing 12,000 cubic square feet per second (cfs) to 14,000 cfs to begin this afternoon, May 30.

Dubuque Street is closed from Park Street to Foster Road. With this closure, motorists should use the Dodge Street exit (exit 246) on Interstate 80. The entrance to Lower City Park, located off of Park Road, has been closed until further notice. Expect additional closures in the coming days.

Reservoir flows will continue to increase over the next several days. With additional rain in the local forecast, more streets and neighborhoods will be impacted by rising waters. Outflows from the Coralville Reservoir will increase to 17,000 cfs on May 31 and will continue to rise daily until the projected peak on Sunday, June 9 at 22,500 cfs. Flows are expected to remain above 20,000 cfs at least until June 13. Projections are based on 24-hour rainfall forecast and will change based on additional precipitation totals. Residents and businesses in flood prone areas along the Iowa River should prepare for possible flooding. Mandatory evacuations have not been issued to date, but may be issued in the coming days or weeks based on the changing flooding conditions in neighborhoods. Mayor Matt Hayek has signed a Declaration of Civil Emergency. A copy of the declaration can be viewed at www.icgov.org/flood under "Official documents."

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