Local officials keep pressure on feds to update Coralville Lake plan

A boat moves across Coralville Lake on July 3, 2015.
A boat moves across Coralville Lake on July 3, 2015.(KCRG)
Published: Oct. 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM CDT
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Local authorities want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update the Coralville Lake Regulation Plan to reduce the risk of future flooding.

Members of the University of Iowa, Johnson County Board of Supervisors and various cities within the county are expected to discuss next steps at a joint meeting Monday afternoon.

"...the present regulatory tools provided to the Corps are very outdated and do not reflect current information, planning assumptions or experience. It is critical that the Corps be provided the necessary resources to examine the flood protection reservoir management plans upon which so many Iowans rely for protection," officials wrote in a draft letter to the Corps obtained by KCRG-TV9.

The current regulation plan has been in place since 1995, the letter states.

Johnson County saw historic flooding in 1993 and 2008. Significant flooding also happened in 2013 and 2014 after heavy rains filled the reservoir.