City Hears Metro Residents’ Cry for Flood Help

DES MOINES, Iowa  --  Upcoming rain will only add to worries in Beaverdale.

Last month's flash flooding poured into many basements in the Des Moines neighborhood. While it’s hard to stop nine inches of rain, some homeowners along 47th Street say even a small downpour will flood their neighborhood.

"Anytime there is a five minute downpour, there is flooding at this intersection,” resident Jenni Klise said.

The most recent flash flood damaged Klise's home and more than a dozen others on the same street. Klise blames the flood on outdated storm sewer systems.

Last week, Klise took her concerns to the city council.

“This has been a known issue. It's a safety issue and it’s been an habitual problem," Klise said. “You have got to find the revenue for those storm sewers, no other option."

On Friday, the city is listening.

“This is a direct response to the complaints of the residents of the inadequacies of the infrastructure,” said Jonathan Gano with Des Moines Public Works.

Gano says every time there is a flash flood alert, this pump will be on standby.

“We want to try and make a temporary relief should the water come up in a forecast that includes potential flash flooding. We thought it was prudent to park a pump here,” Gano said.

This won’t fix any damage on this street, but will temporarily prevent it from happening again. The city says this is the only metro neighborhood to have a sump pump.

Damage assessments are being reviewed; as a result, other low-lying neighborhoods could qualify. The city says in the events of an unforeseen emergency downpour, crews can mobilize the pump in an hour.