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Major Flood Cleanup Begins In Johnson County Parks

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - Flood cleanup is underway in Johnson County after the Iowa River made a significant drop this weekend.

Crews in Iowa City are working in Lower City Park to remove sand, which was brought in by flood water. Large trees and debris are littered throughout the park. Iowa City director of parks and recreation, Mike Moran, estimated that 25-30 percent of the grass will need to be reseeded.

"It's actually not as bad as we expected," said Moran. "But there is still quite a mess here."

The lower portion of the park likely will remain closed until July 1, Moran said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued cleanup efforts Monday morning. Dee Goldman, operations manager, said he hopes to have the day-use beach area back open to the public by the weekend. "We need to do some work to get it back open," said Goldman. "I know a lot of people want to get back on the beach and get summer started."

Water levels at Coralville Lake are still much higher than normal, but slowly dropping. Goldman expects the lake to drop a few more feet by the weekend, exposing a significant portion of the beach.