Flash Flooding Still a Concern

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Heavy rains on Thursday led to flash flooding all around central Iowa.

In the past 24 hours, the Des Moines River at Southeast 6th Street has increased by two feet. The National Weather Service predicts minor flooding to continue throughout the weekend.

The Walnut Creek area is also experiencing minor flooding. However, there are plenty of areas near the flood stage throughout all of Iowa.

Polk County Emergency Management has been talking with Clive, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights asking what they can do to help.

As they monitor the Des Moines River, Polk County says at this time these cities are not asking for additional assistance.

The river’s flood stage was at 25 1/2 feet as of 11 a.m. Friday. That’s just six inches shy of what would be considered moderate flooding.

At this point officials are waiting to see what the rain does over the weekend.

“I know several of the people I’ve been talking to in our office are always calling back to their spouses worried is my sump pump working, is my house going to get flooded. So I know a lot of people are worried about it but I don`t know if it`s going to create a whole lot of issues or what,” Alex Schelling said.

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