IC taking precautionary steps as Army Corps of Engineers increases reservoir outflows
Due to recent local rainfall and snowmelt, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has increased its outflow from the Coralville Lake Reservoir. As of Friday, the Corps increased the rate from 7,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 10,000 cfs.
Local residents may notice increased water levels in the Iowa River. Low-lying areas in Iowa City, including some parks and trails, can be impacted at these outflow rates. There is currently no major flooding event expected with the outflow change.
The city utilizes information from multiple agencies when preparing for and responding to river flood conditions. Helpful information for the public can be found at The National Weather Service website and The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers River Gages website.
The only current closure remains the Iowa River Trail at the Highway 6 underpass, located just south of Riverfront Crossings Park on South Clinton Street. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use an alternate route.
Iowa City officials continue to closely monitor Iowa River and area creek levels and are prepared to respond to conditions that may arise. For updates and resources, visit icgov.org/flood, or follow the City of Iowa City on Twitter and Facebook.