7/4/14 – 9 am
Due to recent heavy rains we wanted to bring together the information you may need as you go through the Independence weekend. Below you will find closures and flooding information; this will be updated as more information becomes available or expires. There are also links included in case you are looking for more information.
The forecast is for dry weather through the day on Friday, July 4. Then there is the possibility of rain later Friday and into Saturday. Keep safe this weekend by watching the weather on our partner KCCI’s website, here is a link to the forecast and radar.
Please also remember that this is not the time to be swimming in rivers, streams or lakes that are affected by high waters. Rushing water and undertows can quickly sweep you away. There have already been a number of water deaths this year. Please be careful. And as always, if you are driving and find a barricade due to flooding, please do not pass it. Instead, turn around, don’t drown.
-Kate Garner, News Director
There are flood warnings in effect for: Des Moines River, Raccoon River, Skunk and South Skunk Rivers, and the Iowa River in Central Iowa – crests are expected sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening, as long as there is not more heavy rain. For more on flooding around the state, see the National Weather Service website.
The lake has been inundated by both water and debris from upstream tributaries. The level is currently at 873 feet and expected to crest at 881. Due to the need to continue to release water there may be flooding downstream on the Des Moines River, however this should not cause widespread property damage.
Because of debris, Saylorville Lake Operations Manager Jeff Rose is advising boaters to stay off the lake, as not all debris can be seen from above. Otherwise, the information needed for a visit to Saylorville this weekend follows.
Closures (due to high water):
Neal Smith Trail – Closed at Sycamore Access South to Morningstar
Boat Ramps that are closed – Cherry Glen Lower, Lakeview Main, Lincoln Access, Sandpiper Boat
Beaches – Sandpiper Beach; Oak Grove Beach
Access Roads – West Gate on NW 78th, Corydon Drive, Gate Tower Road, NW Jester Park Drive
Lake Red Rock: All but one boar ramp is open and there are no boating restrictions. However boaters are reminded that there is debris from incoming waters in the lake.
Road Closures in Des Moines:
Birdland Drive from Saylor Road to 6th Avenue
Prospect Road from Hickman to Martin Luther King Parkway
George Flagg from SW 28th to Park Avenue
Neal Smith Trail – Euclid Avenue to Saylor Road is closed
Trestle to Trestle Trail west of Euclid Avenue bridge is closed
Principal River Walk – Principal Park to Center Street
Walnut Creek Trail – Center Street to Ashworth Pool
Des Moines River Trail – SE 6th to Hartford Avenue
Bill Riley Trail
Gay Lea Trail – Hubbell Ave to Williams St
Meredith Trail – Gray’s Lake to SW 16th St
Water Works Park Closures:
All areas of Water Works Park west of the boat ramp are now closed.
Access to the far west end of Water Works Park is closed, due to City of Des Moines road closure of George Flagg Parkway, from 28th Street to Park Avenue
West Des Moines: No streets or recreation areas are affected at this time.