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Johnson County flood waters are steady for now

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Flood waters remain high in Johnson County, while some mandatory evacuations remain in place in flooded areas.

However, the good news for now, the Iowa River isn't getting any higher.

Yet, everyone's eyes are on the high waters of the Iowa River.

Even nature's own is watching the racing currents and potential rise in waters, but while it may look fascinating high water is dangerous.

"Does a lot of damage," said Marlin Brenneman. "Ruins a lot of homes and a lot of crops."

Brenneman lives about eight miles from the Iowa City area and says they're dealing with hundreds of acres under water.

He had to come to Coralville's Iowa River Landing to see just how high the waters really are.

"We just hope we don't get any more rain because it'll come up again on us," said Benneman.

Rainfall is something many living in Johnson County hope not to see, except for Christopher Mayer.

Mayer lives in Coralville and says high waters help clean rivers of debris.

"It's healthy for the river," said Mayer. "We have a lot of debris that stores up in the river we have gunk that gets built up over time."

Boating and swimming are still not allowed on the Iowa River as well as all creeks, streams and flooded areas south of the Coralville Dam.

Meanwhile, the Corps of Engineers say it can temporarily lower the reservoir's outflow to help both the Iowa City and Coralville creek system take on more water and avoid internal creek flooding.

County and city leaders are carefully watching the potential for more rain.

"Nature's the most beautiful things we have, just to see her in raw form is absolutely beautiful," said Mayer.


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