Dangerous Iowa River flooding predicted
At 9 a.m. Friday, the Washington Communications Center issued a press release cautioning residents about flooding along the Iowa River.
“Emergency officials in Washington County have received word that the outflow at the Coralville Reservoir is increasing and that it could be over the spillway by next Tuesday,” the press release said. “Water output at the dam is being incrementally increased to a maximum of 20,000 CFS [cubic feet per second], which will cause flooding in the Iowa City area.”
The press release also warned Washington County residents near the Iowa River to be aware and watch for dangerous flooding.
Johnson County has put out mandatory evacuations for residents along low-lying areas of the Iowa River.
However, there are no evacuations for Washington County yet, said Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar.
“Hopefully everybody has common sense and takes precautions,” Dunbar said.
Dunbar said he has been in contact with Johnson County officials about the flooding along the Iowa River and will continue to monitor things.
“The DOT (Iowa Department of Transportation) and the secondary roads are being monitored as well,” he said.
The press release has also been sent to the local first responders, Dunbar said.