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A multi-division effort made multiple water rescues in the larger Des Moines space. The Clive hearth division exhibits a few of the space they worked.
Rodney White, rodwhite@dmreg.com

Clive plans to spend $eleven.3 million to purchase and demolish 24 houses and companies that asked to be bought out after repeated flooding.

About half of the world’s eligible properties volunteered for the buyout program introduced in September. All are situated in the Walnut Creek floodplain, close to College Boulevard between 73rd and 81st streets, and have sustained repetitive injury.

This area has dealt with six floods since 1986 — four in the final 10 years. The newest was the June 30 flash flood, when two close by creeks jumped their banks, shortly inundating houses and companies and forcing emergency evacuations.

More: Des Moines will spend $11.5 million to purchase 80 flood-damaged houses

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Flood injury to flats Thursday, July 5, 2018, at University Blvd. and NW seventy fifth St. in Clive after flooding from Walnut Creek over the weekend. (Photograph: Rodney White/The Register)

The town will need to purchase properties in phases over a number of years. It has developed a priority listing based mostly on the severity of injury and danger to life, stated Doug Ollendike, Clive’s group improvement director. 

Clive has negotiated or is within the strategy of negotiating the purchase of six houses this yr. That may value about $1.05 million. 

The town will buy three further houses in 2019 if it is awarded a grant from FEMA. 

Extra: Read the Register’s coverage of flooding and recovery.

Clive will spend about $11.3 million to buyout 24 homes and businesses affected by floods. (Photo: Special to the Register)

Clive has already demolished an apartment building at 1275 NW. 75th St. It was identified as the No. 1 priority because it was the most dangerous property for residents to live in, Ollendike said. 

The apartment took on water during floods in 2010 and 2015 and again last summer. Officials have conducted emergency rescues of the apartment’s residents each time it floods, he said. 

The city is offering 110 percent of each property’s assessed value. Projected purchase prices range from $82,250 for a small office building to $7 million for 610,000 acres occupied by The Wittern Group, a vending machine supply company.

It’s unclear exactly how long it will take to fully implement the buyout program. City officials are looking for grant money to help speed up the process. 

Clive will undergo a master planning process for the neighborhood this year to decide what could go in the newly empty parcels. It could become open space, a set of parks or some type of commercial redevelopment, Ollendike has said.