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Flooding causing closures at Coralville Lake


CORALVILLE (KWWL)-- Larry Kirchhoff and his wife planned to spend Fourth of July weekend camping and boating on Coralville Lake.

"They told us that all the campsites were pretty much reserved already and all taken up, so we was unable to get the maximum stay we wanted to," said Kirchhoff, of Cedar Rapids.

Flooding has wiped out 10 percent of the area's campsites.  Factor that in with a busy holiday weekend, and campgrounds have been at full capacity since early in the week.

"The water's quite high and surprised that they have part of the camp ground closed but you can see why right now," Kirchhoff said.

"The rain coming down and filling up the lake has affected just about all the recreational activities down here," said John Castle, Operations Project Manager at the lake.

The water level at the lake is currently 21 feet above average closing down all beaches and all but one of the boat ramps.

Because the Mehaffey ramp is the only place to launch, Castle expects to have to turn boaters away this weekend.

"Anybody coming out 1:00, 2:00 in the afternoon, it's quite possible you may get turned away. I advise people to come earlier or later in the day."

For those who do get out on the water, the flooding creates another issue.

"The entire weekend the lake will be coming up slowly and will be floating logs and other trash off the shoreline.  Boaters will need to be really careful," Castle said.

As, for the Kirchhoffs, they'll enjoy the time they have on the lake, even if it will be cut short.

"We're just planning on going home on Friday, so we'll make the best of it, and enjoy it."

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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