Raccoon River Nears Flood Stage in Des Moines

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Road closed at George Flagg Parkway because of flooding. (WHO-HD)

Road closed at George Flagg Parkway because of flooding. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Many central Iowans are starting their work week with a soggy commute and one of the rivers snaking through Des Moines is teetering on the edge of flood stage.

As of 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, the Raccoon River at Fleur Driver was at 11.27 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. The river is expected to crest at Fleur at 16.33 feet around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

George Flagg Parkway is already closed due to water over the road. City officials closed it Tuesday morning from Southwest 30th to Park Avenue.

There’s no word yet on when it will re-open.

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