Flooding Closes Sections of Des Moines Trails, Roads and Parks

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The current level of the Raccoon River at Fleur Dr. is just over two feet above flood stage. Ina  a release Monday, the City of Des Moines reported that the Raccoon river is at 14.06 feet high, with flood stage at 12 feet, according to the City of Des Moines.

The current level of the Des Moines River at SE 6th Street is at 25.5 feet high with flood stage at 24 feet.

Flood stage is a historical number created by determining a fixed gauge reading at which minor flooding (minimal or no property damage) begins and is valid only for the reach of the gauge.

The following sections of trails have been closed due to flooding:

  • Des Moines River Trail – SE 14th to SE 22nd Street
  • Bill Riley Trail – SW 30th Street to Ashworth Park
  • Walnut Creek Trail – Center Street to Bill Riley Trail
  • Gay Lea Wilson Trail – Sargent Park to Williams Street
  • Neal Smith Trail – Birdland Marina to Euclid Avenue
  • Inter-Urban Trail – MLK to Neal Smith Trail
  • Principal Riverwalk Trail – Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge to Court Avenue
  • Meredith Trail – Court Avenue to Principal Park
  • Meredith Trail – Gray’s Lake to SW 16th Street

The following park areas or facilities have been closed due to flooding:

  • Simon Estes Amphitheater
  • Birdland Park – between the marina and 6th Avenue (Birdland Drive is open)

Road Closures:

  • George Flagg Parkway from SW 23rd to Park Avenue
  • SW 30th Street from George Flagg Parkway to Bell Avenue

All other rivers and streams are expected to remain below flood stage. Motorist are advised that barricades are placed for their protection. Once barricaded, roadways remain closed until water is off the road, flood damage is assessed, repairs are made, and the streets are cleaned. For more information, the public may contact the Public Work’s 24-hour Call Center at 283-4950.