Flood warnings issued for Dallas County and easterly


The Des Moines River runs high under the High Trestle Trail bridge Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Wayde Burkhart

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Des Moines has issued a flood warning for the north Raccoon river near Perry to Adel until Thursday afternoon.

At 4:15 a.m. Sunday, the stage was 10.3 feet, or 4.7 feet below flood stage.  Flood stage is 15 feet.

At present, no flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.

The Raccoon River is expected to rise to flood stage early Wednesday morning and continue
rising to 15.3 feet or 0.3 feet above flood stage early Thursday morning and then begin falling and go below flood stage Thursday afternoon.

At the 15-foot flood stage, farmland in the Perry area could flood and the waste water treatment facility could be affected.

Near Adel the Dallas County Fairgrounds and golf course could be affected as well as Sportsman Club Road and Midland Trail northwest of Adel.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 9:15 a.m. Sunday for Polk County, southern Story County, western Jasper County and Dallas County.

At 7:17 a.m. Sunday, although the water has receded in some locations, local law enforcement and emergency management officials continue to report flash flooding across portions of the Des Moines Metro area, including along Walnut Creek and Four Mile Creek.

Water levels along Walnut Creek remain above flood stage but have crested at all locations, with readings continuing to fall.

Along Four Mile Creek, the crest has just passed Easton Boulevard and continues to progress toward Vandalia roads. Those with interests downstream through the east side of Des Moines and into Pleasant Hill are advised to prepare for additional rises through the next few hours.

Locations that might experience flooding include Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, Clive, Altoona, Waukee, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Grimes, Nevada, Adel,
Windsor Heights, Carlisle, Bondurant, Polk City, Huxley, Saylorville and Mitchellville.

This flash flood warning includes includes the following highways:

  • Interstate 35 between mile markers 67 and 72, and between mile markers 87 and 110.
  • Interstate 80 between mile markers 100 and 158.
  • Interstate 235 between mile markers 1 and 14.


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