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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 updates, 4:00 p.m.

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University officials are keeping a close eye on Squaw Creek, which had risen to 15.82 feet as of 1:30 p.m. today, the third highest level on record. (The creek reached 18.54 feet in 1993 and 15.97 in 1990.) Flood stage for the creek is 9 feet.

Highway 30 west-bound closes, 4:00 p.m.

The City of Ames and Iowa Department of Transportation just closed the west-bound lanes on U.S. Highway 30, from I-35 to University Boulevard. The closure affects the I-35 on- and off-ramps.

Deer along University Boulevard

Two deer test the waters along University Boulevard.

Lied closes for cleanup, 3:33 p.m.

The Lied Recreation Athletic Center is closed, begining May 30, for cleanup. Watch the Recreation Services homepage for updates on re-opening.

Stange Road is open (2:42 p.m.)

Stange Road, which was partially closed at 10:45 a.m., has been re-opened.

Some levels starting to recede (1:30 p.m.)

Reports from areas farther north indicate that water levels are starting to recede.

Some cars moved (12:48 p.m.)

As of 12:30 p.m. Friday, ISU Police had towed 20 parked cars that were in danger of being damaged by rising water. Six cars that had been parked at University Village have been moved to an area near 24th Street and Stange Road. Fourteen vehicles parked near Lied Recreation Center in lots 100 and 57 have been moved to Lot 68, a gravel lot north of the ISU Power Plant east of South Haber Road.

Nursing home residents to residence hall (12:45 p.m.)

Ames police have ordered evacuation of Riverside Manor Assisted Care Home, 1204 S. Fourth St. The 49 residents will be moved to two floors of Wallace Hall, an Iowa State residence hall. Family who want to check on nursing home residents can call (515) 290-9677.

University Boulevard partially closed; Haber, Pammel traffic diverted (12:16 p.m.)

ISU Police have closed University Boulevard from Lincoln Way north to Wallace Road. Southbound traffic on Haber Road will be diverted west. Eastbound traffic on Pammel Drive will be diverted south onto Wallace Road through the ISU campus. Motorists are asked to avoid the affected areas and take alternate routes through Ames.

Lied center lots closed (noon)

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.

University Community Childcare closed (11 a.m.)

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.

Veenker golf course

May 30 flooding on Veenker golf course

Part of Stange Road closed (10:45 a.m.)

Major portions of Veenker Memorial Golf Course, which is north of the campus, are flooded. Jerry, director of ISU's department 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.

Watching water levels

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.

"We continue to monitor water levels and compare them with National Weather Service projections," Stewart said. "Future actions will be based on those readings. Our local readings are exceeding the levels as projected by NWS. We're also noting discrepancies of affected areas when compared with 15 years ago during the flood of '93."

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