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High lake levels allow Corps to perform flood gate maintenance

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High reservoir levels in Johnson County are giving the Army Corps of Engineers a rare opportunity.

With the flood gates already open, the Army Corps is performing preventative maintenance and inspections on the gates.

Officials are able to perform the work much more efficiently now that all three gates are open at one time.

"We have an opportunity to look at all three gates, make an inspection, do some greasing, look at our, the cabling and make sure everything is good and safe. We can do in a day what might take us a week to do," said Dee Goldman, Coralville Reservoir Operations Manager.

The Army Corps is projecting falling lake levels will allow officials to begin to close those gates toward the end of the week.  

Officials are monitoring heavy rain chances forecasted for Wednesday.

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