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Flooding continues in Johnson County, but outlook better

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) - At Lower City Park in Iowa City, it's hard to see where the Iowa River ends and the park begins.

"The Iowa River is coming out to greet us," said Ted Koy, who is visiting from Austin, TX. "So we're quite amazed at the amount of flooding and the water that's going on through here."

That area isn't alone -- other spots in Johnson County are also seeing high water including Clear Creek in Coralville.

"Now it's staying still and it's starting to slowly fill up so I assume that's coming from the bigger river," said Alex Corrick, who lives in Coralville.

As the Army Corps releases more water from the dam at Coralville Lake flooding becomes a concern south of there.The newest projection from the Army Corps of Engineers shows that the lake is expected to peak at 710 feet. That's two feet below the emergency spillway which is good news for everyone downstream.

Still, some roads will remain closed. Dubuque Street in Iowa City getting worse, not even bicyclists can ride on it now.

"We bike most every day and decided to try coming down this way," said Jonathan Allen, who lives in Coralville. "We could drive through, at least the south end was open so I thought we'd be able to on the sidewalk."

Unfortunately, the river is supposed to remain elevated for several days. So it's unclear when the closed areas may re-open.
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