June 5, 2008
UI using sandbags, monitoring flooding situation
The University of Iowa has instituted its Flood Response Plan to deal with the risk of flooding on campus and minimize or prevent damage to university facilities and grounds.
While there is no imminent threat to UI buildings and no damage has been reported, crews have erected sandbag levies at Mayflower Resident Hall on North Dubuque Street and Hawkeye Court Apartments just off Mormon Trek Boulevard as a precaution. They are also preparing to build sandbag levies at the C. Stanley Maxwell Hydraulics Laboratory on Riverside Drive and on the UI arts campus.
As a further precaution the UI this week evacuated Mayflower, and the UI Office of Risk Management has assembled a team to monitor the situation. The team, which meets daily, includes representatives from Public Safety, Parking and Transportation, Information Technology Services, Facilities Management, University Housing and other departments.
Based on the National Weather Service's forecast for rainfall over portions of north central Iowa over the next couple of days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase outflows of its Coralville Reservoir to 15,000 to 16,000 cubic feet per second on Saturday, June 7.
A discharge of this magnitude, combined with flows from Rapid Creek and Clear Creek, will result in flood levels that impact homes and roads in Iowa City. The Corp advises that residents in flood prone areas along the Iowa River begin preparation for high water.
Increased inflow into the Coralville Reservoir on the Iowa River is causing the pool level to rise significantly. Today, the Coralville Lake level is at 708.27 feet and will rise over the next several days. Inflow into the reservoir is expected to raise the pool level to approximately 711.6 feet on or around June 11-12. This level represents use of 97.5 percent of storage capacity with a pool level .4 feet below the emergency spillway at 712 feet. The record high stage at Coralville Reservoir was 716.71 feet on July 24, 1993.
This afternoon (Thursday, June 5), because of flooding of the Iowa River, the City of Iowa City closed North Dubuque Street and the amusement rides at City Park.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, UI spokesman, 319-530-6972; Writer: Stephen Pradarelli, University News Services, 319-384-0007, email@example.com.