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Officials keep watchful eye on Iowa River

CORALVILLE (KWWL)-- As a good part of the Cedar Valley dealt with flash flooding Wednesday, many in Johnson County are weary of the level of the Iowa River.

A rising Coralville Lake is forecasted to crest next Tuesday at more than 708 feet, about four feet below the emergency spillway.

"We've still got about 30 percent storage, even when we get to that 708," said the lake's director of operations, John Castle.

Predictions were calling for a crest around 710 feet, and so, the army corps of engineers has ramped up its outflow to 10,000 cubic feet per second.

Given the current forecast, officials do not anticipate to have to increase that rate any more meaning no immediate danger of flooding onto heavily traveled Dubuque street in Iowa City.

"In Iowa City, things tend to be affected around 12 thousand, 12 thousand five."

Iowa City public works director Rick Fosse says there's no cause for serious concern at this point.  The city is staying in contact with the Army Corps of Engineers and will continue to monitor river levels.

 Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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