Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Flooding in Des Moines

If you haven't heard, parts of downtown Des Moines are slowly flooding. Luckily our house is in Waukee (that's in the country for you city folks) and we aren't close to any of the main rivers. With all of the revitalization of downtown Des Moines its sad that there will have to be so much work done to get things back to where they were.

We weren't here for the 1993 flood, but the news says the city is better prepared this time with new levees and more time to prepare. In Iowa, sandbagging has a whole different meaning than it does in the game of Spades.

It poured this morning and there is more rain expected in the river basins north of Des Moines. The river is apparantly rising faster than expected and there is a fear that Des Moines may lose power. Lots of businesses are closed.

Here are some recent pictures of the flooding.

This is a pretty good link to track what's happening.


whitney said...

Do you have an inflatable raft to play with the kids in?
That bridge is the one we all walked over to go to the minor league baseball game, right? (that was fun).
Good luck. I hope you get some "rain day"s and get to play outside =)
love you

Schaller said...

omg- are you guys ok? my mom said that your backyard was a lake!

Josh Fleming said...

Hi Natalie,

We are good. Luckily our house is on a hill and that lake is a flood plain. Thanks for thinking of us, hope we can get together soon.