RISING WATER: Des Moines On River Watch
More heavy rain is in the forecast and that means the already swollen Raccoon River could push its waters over Fleur Drive in Des Moines, causing the road to be closed.
The Army Corps of Engineers had originally predicted the river would crest Wednesday night at 15.2 feet, but at 8:00 p.m. Thursday the Raccoon River at Fleur Drive was 15.88 feet. The newest forecast crest is now set to happen Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at 18.2 feet.
Des Moines leaders say they will close down Fleur Drive when levels reach 16.4 feet.
Water levels are expected to begin dropping Saturday but any more rain could make the river rise again.
Parts of Water Works Park are shut down and all of Gray’s Lake is closed because of flooding.
The city says the only other roads closed in Des Moines because of flooding are George Flagg Parkway from Park Avenue to SW 30th and SW 30th from George Flagg Parkway to Bell Avenue.
Elsewhere around town, the stage at the Simon Estes Amphitheater is underwater and much of the Principal River Walk and several bike trails have been closed. A full list of closures is available on the city website.
The Des Moines Park Department has asked boat owners to have their boats removed from Birdland Marina by Tuesday. They pumped fuel out of gas tanks and removed gas pumps at the marina Thursday in preparation for flooding.
Crews had a crane on the 6th street bridge where the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers meet trying to clear a log jam and keep the water flowing.