IOWA RIVER: Less Flooding Expected

Coralville reservoir

Johnson County residents are breathing a bit easier Monday afternoon as the latest forecasts show flooding will not be as bad as first expected.

The Coralville Lake will not top its emergency spillway as the Army Corps of Engineers had warned last week.

The Lake is expected to crest at 711.5 feet on Friday, which is about 6 inches shy of the spillway.

Authorities warn it is still a delicate situation, and everyone should remain prepared for flooding, but it likely will not be as bad as they had thought.

The water topped the emergency spillway during the floods of 2008 and caused billions of dollars in damage to surrounding areas.

Over the weekend the Army Corps opened all gates on the reservoir because they have been taking in nearly twice as much water as they are letting out.

In nearby communities hundreds of volunteers donated their time to fill sandbags in an attempt to protect low-lying areas.

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