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News Service

News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

5-30-08

Contacts:

John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6136,

jmccarol@iastate.edu

Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720, annette@iastate.edu

Flood update, noon

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University officials are keeping a close eye on Squaw Creek, which had risen to 15.32 feet as of noon today, flooding major portions of Veenker Memorial Golf Course, which is north of the campus. (Flood stage for the creek is 9 feet.)

Veenker golf course

May 30 flooding on Veenker golf course

Jerry Stewart, director of public safety, said a section of Stange Road, which runs along the golf course, has been closed due to water over the road. The closed section (both northbound and southbound) runs from the intersection of 13th Street north to Blankenburg Road.

ISU Police have called in additional officers to staff barricades at closed portions of Stange Road. Motorists are reminded not to drive through running or standing water.

Due to the rising water in the area, University Community Childcare at 100 University Village closed at 11 a.m., as soon as parents were able to pick up their children. Stewart reported that a few vehicles also had been towed to higher ground in University Village, an ISU residential housing area near the flooded area.

Stewart said officials are monitoring Squaw Creek water levels via electronic and manual gauges and communicating with the National Weather Service, the City of Ames, and Story County Emergency Management.

Elsewhere on campus, a parking lot adjacent to the Lied Recreation Center (lot 100) has also been closed. Lot 57, west of Lied is also closed. Stewart said water from College Creek had caused localized flooding in that area.

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Quick look

Portions of Veenker golf course are flooded and part of Stange Road has been closed as a result of heavy rains in the area.