MANDATORY EVACUATION: Two Streets in Coralville Told to Leave by 5 p.m. Thursday

From the City of Coralville

Water flows over the emergency spillway (left) at the Coralville Dam on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)


By Michelle Long

CORALVILLE - On Wednesday, June 11, Coralville Mayor Jim Fausett proclaimed a public emergency. This act was based on the record flooding event predicted for the city based on flows in the Iowa River and Clear Creek. The flooding event is predicted to cause damage to property and public infrastructure and may threaten public safety and welfare.

A supplemental proclamation issued on June 11 activated mandatory evacuation of all residences on Edgewater Drive and Shadow Lane, to be complete by 5 pm, Thursday, June 12, 2008. Residents will not be allowed to return to the affected homes until the emergency evacuation period is concluded. The decision to evacuate was based on the threat to residents' health and safety caused by the level of flooding in that area as well as the threat to the safety and welfare of emergency responders who may be called to the area.

Of the 29 residences on Shadow Lane and Edgewater Drive, roughly one-fourth remain occupied.

The Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in Building A of the Johnson County Fairgrounds. This shelter offers food and housing to those displaced by the flood. The Red Cross is available for additional information at 319-393-3500.

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