Heavy Rains Haven’t Had Huge Effect on Rivers

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DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s an equation that doesn’t seem to add up.

Heavy rain fell Friday and Saturday afternoon into areas that were already at flood stage.

Earlier in the week, Walnut Creek crested one foot over flood level and the Des Moines River at Southeast 6th was a 1 1/2 feet into the danger zone.

Despite all the rain this weekend, river levels have actually dropped in both areas and the flood warning set to expire along the Des Moines River has been canceled.

“Even though we received quite a bit of rain, the storms were quick moving which helped the rivers handle the amount of rainfall we received,” said Samantha Braer, Program Specialist for Polk County Emergency Management.

Once trouble spots, both are now expected to dip well below flood stage by the end of the week.

One area where the water refuses to recede is at the Saylorville Reservoir.

Early last week, it was expected to crest at 866 feet more than 20 feet from reaching the emergency spillway.

Sunday, the reservoir remains an attraction.

“It’s pretty remarkable to see it coming out so fast,” said Nicole Boker, a visitor.

The flood gates remain open and water is raging south bound at 15,000 CFS creating large waves for visitors to dodge.

“It’s been fun to play get wet and don’t get wet. So far, we haven’t gotten wet so we’re good,” said Boker.

Unfortunately, the reservoir is taking in more water than it can release into the swelling southern rivers.

The crest is now forecasted for July 4th at 872 feet, nearing the dreaded 890 foot mark which could cause real problems.