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Iowa City partially closes river trail as Coralville dam increases outflow

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - City officials are closing part of the Iowa River Trail in Iowa City and reminding residents to watch for rising river levels as the Army Corps of Engineers at the Coralville Reservoir increases its outflow this week.

The corps announced last week it would be releasing 10,000 cubic feet per second from the Coralville Dam starting on or around Tuesday. The seasonal maximum this time of year is 6,000 cfs.

Iowa city decided to close the Iowa River Trail underneath the Highway 6 bridge (just south of Riverfront Crossings Park) in preparation of rising river levels. Pedestrians and bikers are asked to find a different route.

The city says there is no major flooding event expected with this event but will continue to monitor the situation.

RELATED: The Army Corps of Engineers announced in February it'd be doing an audit of properties above and below the Coralville Dam to educate outflow decisions in the future.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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