Iowa River Flooding Raises Concerns

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter


By Rachel Begle

MARENGO, Iowa - The rising Iowa River is causing concern for people living nearby this morning. Communities from Marengo, to Iowa City are trying to prepare for the potential flooding.

The Iowa River is currently about five feet above flood stage at nearly 19 feet. The National Weather Service predicts the river won't crest until Saturday. That's when it's expected to reach about 20 feet. With the rain forecasted for the coming days, however, those estimates are likely to chance. The highest the river ever got was 21.38 feet, that was back in 2008.

In Johnson County, the joint emergency communications center is meeting Tuesday to decide on a plan of action for the Coralville Lake spillway. Flood waters are expected to flow over the spillway sometime next week. This has only happened twice in the past, in the floods of 1993 and 2008.
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