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University of Iowa News Release


Aug. 24, 2007

UI officials believe Iowa River at low risk of flooding despite rain

Although recent heavy rains have raised the level of the Iowa River there is still a low risk of it flooding, based on a review of the Iowa River gauges at 6 a.m. this morning and the forecast from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service. University of Iowa Facilities Management continues to monitor river levels and will notify the campus in the event of an elevated threat.

UI Facilities Management staff have received a number of calls from UI employees concerned about the potential for flooding on campus and elsewhere in Iowa City. They consulted online data from the Corps of Engineers to assess the risk and determined there was no imminent threat of flooding.

The Coralville reservoir is expected to rise over the next week but it has extra capacity to attenuate heavy rains. Conditions and forecasts could change, however.

The National Weather Service forecast for Iowa City calls for showers and thunderstorms throughout the day Friday, with a 60 percent chance of rain. New rainfall amounts could reach one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch, and possibly higher if thunderstorms materialize.

Friday night there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with new rainfall amounts possibly reaching a quarter- to a half-inch of rain. Saturday is forecast to be mostly cloudy, but no rain is predicted.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Ken Lloyd, Utilities & Energy Management, 335-5168, Charles S. Drum, University News Services, 319-384-0048,