The Iowa River Trail at Highway 6 is closed until further notice due to rising Iowa River levels. The Iowa River Trail connects North Liberty to Iowa City. Within Iowa City, the trail connects the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area to Terrill Mill Park, and City Park to Crandic Park.

Recent unseasonably warm weather and heavy rains have caused the Iowa River to flood and the Coralville Reservoir pool to rise above normal levels. The United States Army Corps of Engineers reports that outflows from the reservoir are currently at 8,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) and will reach 10,000 cfs this weekend.

With reservoir outflows increasing to 10,000 cfs, low areas along the Iowa River will start to flood. This should not have an impact on any roadways. City staff will continue to monitor the weather and river elevation forecasts.

The Coralville Reservoir forecast can be viewed at http://rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterControl/Districts/MVR/Forecast/corforecast.htmlThe current Iowa River elevation at the Iowa City gage can be viewed on the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website at http://water.weather.gov//ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dvn&gage=iowi4

Date of publication

Friday, December 18, 2015

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