Road Across Coralville Dam Now Open

By Hayley Bruce, Reporter

People walk along the top of the emergency spillway at the Coralville Lake as the water level continues to rise Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CORALVILLE, Iowa - The road across the Coralville dam is now open to the public, after being closed on June 3 due to flooding concerns.

The road was re-opened around noon Tuesday, just in time for the Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade to make its way across the dam on the second day of its route, according to a release from the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency.

As the water level continues to lower at the reservoir — standing at 705.5 feet today — outflows also continue to go down and officials said they hope to decrease outflows to 10,000 cubic feet per second by Sunday.

The release said the National Weather Service reported no precipitation in the Iowa River Basin Monday evening, but said there is a chance for severe thunderstorms — including strong wind, large hail and tornadoes — moving from northwest and north central Iowa that could graze over the area overnight.

Tom Jones, director of the Joint Emergency Communication Center, also said flood-related calls for service have decreased.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the following roads in Johnson County remain closed:

• 140th Street east of Ely Road (at the ATV Park)

• Sandy Beach Road (at the beach)

• River Junction Road, south of Otter Creek Road

• Y Avenue off of Tri County Bridge Road

• Swan Lake between Greencastle and Halfmoon and other locations as needed

• Amana Road between Falcon and Blain Cemetery

• Izaak Walton

• Sand Road SE from 560th Street to Highway 22

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