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Flood Control

Our Role in Flood Mitgation
The Department of Public Works coordinates flood control for the City of Des Moines by: 
  • Monitoring river levels
  • Monitoring levee conditions
  • Performing levee closures
  • Keeping the public informed
River Level Monitoring and Reporting 
The City of Des Moines uses stream gages to know when to begin flood fighting.  The stream gages are used to measure and monitor the depth of rivers and creeks. 
The City of Des Moines uses river gages at the following locations: 
  • Raccoon River at Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines River at 2nd Avenue
  • Des Moines River at SE 6th Street

The City of Des Moines partners with Clive and West Des Moines on an Early Flood Warning System. This system monitors rain intensity and creek depth for Fourmile Creek and Walnut Creek.

Flood Notification
The Department of Public Works updates Des Moines residents on flood issues. 

These updates include:
  • Information about river levels
  • Status of levees
  • Road closures
  • Advisories

For current information please view our Road & Trail Closure Map

Des Moines RiverGages Website
This website updates with the latest available graphs from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/National Weather Service (NWS) websites every 15 minutes. See individual graphs for applicable gage forecast/observation times. For additional and the most up-to-date information, please visit or .

Levee Questions
Please contact Public Works at (515) 283-4950 if you have levee related questions.