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Johnson County bracing for flooding


Johnson County continues to prepare for flooding. The area is expecting more rain over the next week plus the Army Corps of Engineers is projecting having to increase the discharge rate at Coralville Lake. That plan has many bracing for flooding.

Amy Dawson has always dreamed of having her wedding reception on her family's Iowa City lawn.

"Here is home and I always thought it was really beautiful," said Dawson.

That dream is supposed to come true Saturday but may be flooded out.

Home is just off the Iowa River, downstream from Coralville Lake where the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to continue increasing its discharge rate. Dawson's neighbors have already moved cars and boats to higher land so they aren't washed away.

Further downstream the University of Iowa is moving into its full interim protection mode, a campus still recovering from the record floods five years ago.

Since 2008 the Iowa City and Coralville areas have put up a lot of new infrastructure to protect against future flooding, but all that water has to go somewhere. That's why towns like Hills are on alert now even though it didn't see very much water five years ago."

"They've done a lot of work up there for flood mitigation and we're not sure how that's going to effect us down river here," said Tim Kemp, Hills Mayor. "That is a concern and that's why we're hoping that if they release water from the dam they do it in small increments."

The town sandbagged in 2008. They're going to build a berm and use barriers to protect the town this time, following advice from Johnson County's Emergency Management Agency.

"People need to take it serious," said Dave Wilson, EMA Coordinator. "They need to be prepared for increased release rates at the Corps."

Where exactly that water will end up is unclear leaving many feeling nervous.

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