Mandatory Evacuation for Normandy Drive in Iowa City

Iowa City Press Release

John Tingey, of Iowa City, prepares to throw a sandbag while volunteering along Normandy Drive, Sunday, June 8, 2008, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa saw some of its worst flooding in more than a decade, Gov. Chet Culver said in a statement as he declared an emergency in nearly a third of the state's 99 counties, freeing up state resources. (AP Photo/Iowa City Press Citizen, Matthew Holst)

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By Nick Weig

IOWA CITY - Based on river gauge information, projected rainfall and survey information on the sandbag levees around the Normandy Drive area, public safety officials have determined there is no longer a sufficient factor of safety for the residents in the Normandy Drive area. If the sandbag levee should breach and fail, the volume and velocity of water released would present a significant risk to the lives of the residents, rescue workers and volunteers in that area.

Based upon these predictions and in the interest of the safety of Iowa Citians living and working in this area, Mayor Regenia D. Bailey has issued a mandatory evacuation order of Normandy Drive, effective immediately.

Public safety personnel will inform the residents in a direct, door-to-door canvas. Transportation will be provided to those who require it. Those without other housing options will be transported to the Red Cross Shelter at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds. All non-essential traffic will be routed away from Park Road while this evacuation process is underway.

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