Area Chamber Flood Update:
FEMA Assistance, Commuter Travel and Business Signage
Sunday, June 15
Johnson County has been declared a presidential disaster area and businesses are now eligible for FEMA assistance.
Please take the time to review the following information for businesses on the FEMA Business Recovery Web site: http://www.fema.gov/business/recovery.shtm.
**Please do not give personal or account information to people claiming to be FEMA representatives. FEMA representatives will not ask for this information via the phone.
City of Iowa City Flood Update
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Portions of Commercial Drive - Evacuation Order Lifted
Mayor withdraws order to evacuate for portions of Commercial Drive.
The evacuation order issued on June 12, 2008 is WITHDRAWN for the following properties only:
2114 S. Riverside Drive (Hardware Specialist)
2116 S. Riverside Drive (Heartland Home Care)
2118 S. Riverside Drive (Moeller Accounting)
72 Commercial Drive (Plumbers Supply)
92 Commercial Drive
97 Commercial Drive (Muller Plumbing)
103 Commercial Drive (Aanestad Construction; Beachy Plumbing; Jim Green Laundry)
Monday Commuter Traffic:
Iowa City Transit Service
Effective Monday morning, June 16, 2008, Iowa City Transit will be operating its routes on an amended schedule. Please check current bus routes and operation schedules at icgov.org
Please call Iowa City Transit at 356-5151 for additional flood route and schedule information. The use of public transit is encouraged at this time to keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles.
Iowa City Bridge Status
There are no plans currently to close either of the two remaining river bridge crossings in Iowa City, the Benton Street Bridge and the two spans of the Burlington Street Bridge.
Road Closures (as of 2 p.m., Sunday, June 15)
Rocky Shore Drive; Park Road from Dubuque to Riverside Drive; Normandy, Eastmoor, Manor area; Taft Speedway; Foster Road west of Idyllwild; Dubuque Street from Park Road to Foster; Hawkins from Elliot to Highway 6; Highway 6 from Rocky Shore to 1st Avenue Coralville; Iowa Avenue from Madison to Riverside Drive; Stevens Drive; Waterfront Drive; South Gilbert Street from Highway 6 to Sycamore; Commercial Court; Clinton Street from Benton to Kirkwood; Kirkwood from Clinton to Gilbert; Sturgis Drive; Riverside Drive from Highway 6 to Benton; Riverside Drive from Benton to Burlington; Orchard Street (Highway 1 to Benton); Highway 6 (from Gilbert Street to Riverside Drive); Mormon Trek from Melrose to Highway 6/Coralville; Riverside Drive from Hwy. 6 to Ruppert Road; Madison north of Burlington Street; Riverside Drive north of Burlington; Myrtle to Myrtle Court.
Closed Bridges: Park Road; Iowa Avenue; Highway 6; Iowa River Power Dam Pedestrian Bridge
Areas of Concern: Burlington Street Bridge; Benton St. Bridge; Benton Street at Ralston Creek; S. Gilbert from Maiden Lane to 1st Street.; Douglas St. and Douglas Court; Riverside Court and S. Riverside Court; Southgate Avenue from Gilbert Street to Waterfront Drive; E. Burlington at Van Buren
The City of Iowa City continues to strongly discourage all non-essential travel. Motorists are encouraged to stay off city streets near the river corridor and to walk/bicycle or use IC Transit when possible. The only river crossings currently open at this time are Benton Street, Burlington Street, and I-80. Benton Street and Burlington Street Bridges are being monitored constantly, but are no longer scheduled for imminent closure.
Go to www.icgov.org/riverwatch for updated Iowa City Road Closure maps plus a map of suggested travel routes within the Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids Corridor.
City water, wastewater, and power sources are protected at the current level and barring any unforeseen increases in water level, there is a high level of confidence that these vital services will be uninterrupted.
City of Coralville Flood Update
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Coralville Transit routes are operational and will operate all scheduled routes beginning Monday, June 16. However, in light of street closings, which include 1st Avenue and Highway 6, buses will be running late. Passengers are encouraged to take these delays in to account and allow extra time or take an earlier bus than normally planned.
Coralville Transit will travel to Iowa City via Camp Cardinal Boulevard. Buses will not travel east of 5th Avenue within Coralville. This plan will be in place until additional streets become accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience. The Coralville Transit Office on 3rd Avenue remains flooded. Questions can be directed to 248-1790.
For additional information regarding street closures and any new alerts, please check www.coralville.org. Thank you for your cooperation and support during Flood 2008.
Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
Your Area Chamber has created signs for businesses to use to keep customers informed of their status.
There are three variations to choose from:
- Yes, we’re open for business
- Sorry, we’re closed due to flooding. We can be reached at___________
- Sorry, we’ve temporarily relocated to _____________
Signs are free and will be similar to political yard signs. Signs will be available beginning Monday, June 16. If you are interested in receiving one of these signs, please call the Area Chamber office at 337-9637 or e-mail email@example.com and let us know how many you need, including your relocation address and contact phone number if available.
Signs are sponsored by the Buy Here Campaign of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce and Bankers Advertising/Tru Art Color Graphics.