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Iowa City warns residents about potential flooding

July 2, 2014
Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City officials are going door-to-door to speak with people in low-lying areas about potential flooding from the swollen Iowa River.

Officials planned to issue recommended evacuations Wednesday for homes and businesses on the north and west side of the city. There are no mandatory evacuations in place.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase the flow of water coming from the nearby Coralville Lake Reservoir because of the swollen Iowa River at Marshalltown. The increased outflow is expected to flood low-lying areas in Iowa City and other nearby communities.

City spokeswoman Shannon McMahon says the city is prepared to deal with the rising waters because of its history with flooding. She recommended that people stay away from the Iowa River for safety reasons.

 
 

 

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