Fleur Drive Closed Due to Flooding
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Public Works Department closed Fleur Drive earlier than expected because of the rising Raccoon River.
Public Works closed Fleur between Bell Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway at 11:00 a.m. Thursday. That means those who use the roadway will need to make other plans to get home during the evening commute.
Wednesday, the city had hoped to keep the road open through the Friday morning commute. Heavy rainfall Wednesday now has the projections for river levels rising faster than anticipated.
The National Weather Service says the Raccoon River at Fleur was 16.36 feet as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday. The river is expected to crest in that area at 18 feet around 1:00 a.m. Monday.
Moderate flood stage for the area is 16 feet.
George Flagg Parkway from SW 23rd Street to Park Avenue, and SW 30th Street from Bell Avenue to George Flagg Parkway are already closed.