City to Raise Des Moines River Levels Using Flashboards

Workers install flashboards on Des Moines River in 2013. (WHO-HD)

Workers install flashboards on Des Moines River in 2013. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of Des Moines will be installing flashboards on the Center Street Dam next week.

In order for crews to complete the work, Saylorville will reduce its outflow beginning next Monday. That means water levels in the Des Moines River and Birdland Marina will drop for 24 to 36 hours.

Once the work is completed the levels will be re-adjusted, bringing the water level up about two feet.

The city installs the flashboards so it has better control of water levels to enhance water recreation activities.

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