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Page updated 6/17/13 at 2:38 p.m. 

United Way of Johnson County resources:

The United Way Disaster Call Center is available to anyone who has questions about volunteering, needs volunteer assistance or has questions about flood conditions or where to turn for other services. Individuals can contact the United Way 2-1-1 regional call center by dialing 2-1-1 or 866-469-2211 after hours or the United Way office at 319-337-8657 during its regular business hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Emergency Volunteer Center is a mobile system. For this flood event, operations have been located at the Johnson County Fairgrounds; however, the location of the Emergency Volunteer Center will vary depending on where United Way is asked to mobilize. The Emergency Volunteer Center can activate on request in less than an hour in a location determined by local government officials.


You can also stay up-to-date by following the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter.

Latest news

Northbound Lanes Of N. Dubuque Street Open, Southbound Lanes Returned To One-way Traffic (Posted 6/17/13 at 2:37 p.m.)

Manville Heights Route To End Flood Detour And Resume Normal Service Beginning Monday, June 17 (Posted 6/16/13 at 5:55 p.m.)

Flood information from Johnson County can be found at: http://www.johnson-county.com/dept_emergency.aspx?id=13216.

Flood updates from the University of Iowa can be found at http://now.uiowa.edu/floodupdates2013.

Evacuation questions

Evacuation checklist for flood prone neighborhoods 
Lista de verificación para una evacuación 


Other news

Dubuque Street Reopens, Motorists Asked To Proceed With Caution (6/16/13)

Recent Dry Weather Pattern Allows Corps To Decrease Reservoir Outflow Today (6/13/13)

Normal Bus Service Resumes For Broadway, Night And Saturday Broadway, Cross Park Routes Thursday (6/12/13)

Corps To Decrease Reservoir Outflow Friday, Potential For Severe Thunderstorms This Afternoon (6/12/13)

Coralville Reservoir Continues To Fall, But Potential Exists For Storms Tonight And Wednesday (6/11/13)

Potential For Wet Weather In The Next Two Weeks, Residents Urged To Keep Flood Protection In Place (6/10/13)

Potential For More Rain This Weekend, Iowa City Residents Urged To Keep Protective Measures In Place (6/7/13)

Iowa City Officials Keeping An Eye On Weekend Weather Forecast (6/6/13)

Iowa City Continues Flood Protection Measures As Coralville Reservoir Crests Today (6/5/13)

Iowa City Officials Continue Flood Monitoring, Mobilized Emergency Volunteer Center Is Suspended (6/4/13)

Recent Dry Weather Helps, But Iowa City Officials Remind Citizens Flood Levels Have Not Peaked (6/3/13)

Recommended Evacuations by Iowa City staff (6/2/13) 

Flood Preparation Continues In Iowa City, Governor And Lieutenant Governor To Visit Monday (6/1/13)

Iowa City Officials Continue To Monitor Iowa River Levels And Prepare For Flooding (5/31/13) 

Bus Service Alternate Routes Due To Flood Conditions (5/31/13)

Iowa City Officials Asks Citizens To Prepare For Possible Flooding (5/30/13)

Iowa City Continues To Prepare For Possibility Of Flooding (5/29/13)

City Park Takes Precautions For Possible Flooding (5/28/13)

Iowa City Officials Monitoring Iowa River Levels, Taking Precautionary Measures (5/28/13) 

Potential Exists For More Rain, Flash Flooding In Johnson County Area Into Evening, Overnight (5/27/13) 

Road closures

Sandbagging resources and information

  • All inquiries and requests regarding sandbag operations must be coordinated through the United Way. The primary objective for the City’s sandbag operation is to provide for the protection of critical public infrastructure and transportation routes in the community. Sandbags will be made available for the purpose of protecting private property if such supplies exist beyond those needed for the protection of critical public infrastructure and transportation routes. If the City determines it has an excess supply of sandbags and the resources to deliver such sandbags, then accommodations will be made. In these cases the City cannot guarantee delivery to specific addresses, but rather will consider strategic locations that can be accessed by multiple people on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Video by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demonstrating the proper way to fill a sandbag and build a sandbag levee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj7aUwIHYlw
  • North Dakota State University Extension Service information on sandbagging for flood protection: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ageng/safety/ae626.pdf


Official documents

 Declaration of Civil Emergency (5/30/13)

Additional resources


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