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Dubuque St. remains closed, Iowa City still plans to raise it

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The flood threat for most of Iowa City is over, though water still covers Dubuque Street.

"It was bad," said Dorsy Balossa, a University of Iowa student who lives in an apartment on Dubuque Street. "I had to live at my friend's house because we couldn't get around at all whatsoever."

While people who live in Iowa City have gotten used to re-routing their trips, it gets more difficult for visitors.

"I'm just trying to make my GPS route me to (Highway) 30, but I just consistently make it recalculate," said Byron Brehm-Stecher, who lives in Ames. 

There's a quite a few visitors this time of year, with orientation going on at the University of Iowa. The university emails detour directions to new students and their parents.

Dubuque Street's already been closed for two weeks and, according to the city, it's going to be a few more days before all of this water is off the roadway. And even then, the street can't reopen until the city inspects it for damages.

Last year the road was also closed for weeks. In 2008, it closed for a month.

Flooding is a big reason the city council approved the Gateway Project, which will raise the street by six to 10 feet on average.

"It just reinforces the fact that this is a project that needs to be done," said Melissa Clow, Special Projects Administrator. "The flood occurrences are happening with more frequency."

Construction isn't expected to start for a few years and won't finish until late 2017. So until then, one of the city's busiest streets will continue to be at risk for flooding.
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