Johnson County Flood Barriers, Sandbags Not Going Away Soon

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

The spillway at Coralville Lake, as seen June 5. (Mark Carlson/KCRG-TV9)

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - Miles of temporary flood protection throughout Johnson County won't be coming down anytime soon, according to county spokesperson Terrence Neuzil.

"This is an ongoing event and we don't want to take that down, then be sorry," Neuzil said.

Sandbags and HESCO barriers will likely remain up until at least July, according to county officials.

On Wednesday, Coralville Lake crested at 708.4 feet. Operations Manager Dee Goldman said the lake has already started to fall as of Thursday morning.

The Iowa River remain well above flood stage and is expected to remain very high while the Corps works to drop the lake back to 683 feet, normal pool for this time of year.

Officials said they're monitoring a weekend system that could produce a concerning amount of rain Saturday night into Sunday.

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