It’s been a wet spring and summer, but so far, Des Moines has stayed mostly high and dry. City leaders took a big step Monday toward protecting against future floods.
The city would like to continue to make improvements to its levee and flood defense systems south of those completed at Birdland and Central Place. In order to receive FEMA accreditation, the federal government requires a detailed study of the area.
City leaders Friday night voted to spend one-point-five million dollars on just that.
“The levee system is overseen by the US Corps of Engineers because they were originally constructed with federal dollars, so for us to make changes to them, we need to go through a process that they have in order to demonstrate that those improvements will improve the levees and have long-term sustainability,” explains city engineer, Jeb Brower.
The study will be performed by Stantec consulting from St. Louis and will encompass the area of the Des Moines River running from Center Street southeast to Highway 65 at Pleasant Hill.