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Flood Control Operations Update


Last updated 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3

DES MOINES, IOWA — Monday, June 3, 2019 — As river levels continue to recede, all Des Moines roads closed due to seasonal flooding have reopened. Residents can track the remaining trail closures on our website.

The following is a summary of the current Raccoon River and Des Moines River levels along with associated closures:

River and Stream Elevations

  • The current level of the Raccoon River at Fleur Dr. (flood stage 12.0’)* is at 9.65’. The Raccoon River is currently receding. 
  • The current level of the Des Moines River at SE 6th Street (flood stage 24’) is at 23.8’. The Des Moines River is currently receding. 
*Flood stage is a historical number created by determining a fixed gage reading at which minor flooding (minimal or no property damage) begins and is valid only for the reach of the gage.

Road Closures

  • No road closures

Park and Trail Closures

  • Neal Smith Trail from McHenry Park Trail to Euclid Ave
  • Trestle to Trestle from Interurban Trail to Euclid Avenue
  • Bill Riley Trail from Ashworth Pool to Water Works Park
  • Carl Voss Trail (Formerly Des Moines River Trail) from SE 6th to Hartford Ave
  • Principal Riverwalk Trail from Water St  to the WOA Bridge (West side of River)
  • John Pat Dorrian Trail is closed underneath the MLK bridge (East Side of River)


Motorists are advised that barricades are placed for their protection. Once barricaded, roadways and trailways remain closed until water has receded, flood damage is assessed, repairs are made, and the pavement is cleaned.

For more information, the public may contact the Public Work’s 24-hour Call Center at (515) 283-4950.

Latest river gage data:

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager's Office
(515) 720-7763

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