Gov. Kim Reynolds issues disaster proclamation as flooding sweeps through Iowa


LEADER. KCCI 8 NEWS AT NOON. RHEYA: GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. ROAD CLOSED. THE BARRICADES WENT UP ON FLEUR DRIVE WITHIN THE PAST HOUR, IT’S GOING TO FLOOD AGAIN. SENIOR REPORTER TODD MAGEL IS THERE LIVE. TODD, THE WATER IS GETTING CLOSER TO THE ROAD. TODD YOU CAN SEE THE ROAD CLOSED ON THE SOUTHBOUND LANES. THE POLICE WERE HERE A FEW MINUTES AGO AND PUT UP THESE SIGNS TO STOP THE TRAFFIC. LOOKING NORTH, YOU CAN SEE WHERE THERE IS A D TOUR. THIS IS THE SOUTHBOUND LANES DIVERTING TO EASTBOUND AM OK. — MLK. IF WE LOOK TO THE SOUTH, YOU CAN SEE THE VAN AND BEYOND THAT, THAT IS WHERE THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CLOSURE IS. ANYWHERE FROM BELL AND ML KING. VIDEO WAS SHOT EARLIER WHEN THE CREWS CAME OUT. WE GOT THE WARNING A LITTLE EARLIER THIS MORNING THAT TO THEY WOULD SHUT DOWN THE ROAD. TROUBLE WAS, THEY WERE GOING TO SHUT IT DOWN TOMORROW, BUT THINGS GOT OUT OF HAND BECAUSE THE RIVER WAS GOING UP FASTER THAN THEY THOUGHT. THEY ALSO SHOT VIDEO OF THE RACCOON RIVER AND YOU CAN SEE IT IS CLOSE TO THE ROAD. THE TROUBLE IS, NORMALLY WE ARE OUT HERE IN THE SUMMER WHEN THERE HAS BEEN A THUNDERSTORM. NOW, THE WATER LEVEL IS UP BECAUSE OF THE SNOW MELTING. SPEAKING OF THE RIVER LEVELS, WE HAVE A GRAPHIC THAT SHOWS WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. THIS LOCATION WHERE WE ARE IS AT 16.34 FEET. FLOOD STAGE IS 12 FEET. IT WILL PROBABLY CREST UNTIL MONDAY. THAT IS AROUND 18 FEET. THAT IS WAY ABOVE FLOOD STAGE. THE RIVER IN DOWNTOWN IS ABOUT 24 FEET. FLOOD STAGE IS AT ABOUT 24 FEET. THAT WILL BE A PROBLEM AS WELL. EARLIER TODAY, WE TALKED TO A PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR ABOUT WHY THE FLOODING IS SO BAD TODAY. WE HAD A QUICK END TO A VERY SEVERE WINTER. WHAT THAT DID TO US WAS MELTED THREE TO FOUR FEET OF SNOW ON THE GROUN THE BIG PULSE OF WATER HEADING DOWNSTREAM AT THE END OF THIS WINTER AS WE MOVE INTO THIS SPRING. TODD: TO RECAP, THE WROTE A SHUT DOWN AND SHUT DONE A FEW MINUTES AGO, SO YOU WILL HAVE TO DIVERGE AROUND IT. WATER WORKS IS CLOSED. WE TALKED TO THE FOLKS THERE AND THEY PUT THEIR FLOODGATE TO PLACE AT MIDNIGH — FLOODGATE INTO PLACE AT MIDNIGHT. BACK TO YOU. RHEYA: THANK YOU, TODD. PAINTING A CLEAR PICTURE, BEFORE THEY COULD CLOSE FLEUR THEY HAD TO EVACUATE SOME OF THE RESIDENTS FROM NEARBY WATER WORKS PARK. KCCI WAS THERE AS 50 HORSES WERE EVACUATED FROM THEIR STABLES YOU — STABLES. YOU CAN SEE THE TRAILERS DRIVING THROUGH HIGH WATER. THEY WERE HAULING THEM ONE BY ONE OUT OF THE PARK. THE HORSES THAT REMAINED WAITING SEEMED SKITTISH. OWNERS TELL US THEY ARE GOING TO BE RELOCATED TO A STABLE IN CUMMING UNTIL THE WATERS RECEE AND YOU ARE TAUGHT TALKING ABOUT THE DES MOINES RIVER AS WELL. HERE’S A LIVE LOOK AT THE SIMON ESTES AMPHITHEATER DOWNTOWN. ALWAYS A GOOD GAUGE OF THE RIVER LEVEL THERE, BUT THE WATER IS NOT EXPECTED TO COMPLETELY FLOOD THE AMPHITHEATER, BUT IT WILL AT LEAST APPROACH IT. AND DES MOINES IS NOT THE ONLY CITY CLOSING ROADS DUE TO FLOODING. CLIVE HAS CLOSED PART OF SWANSON BOULEVARD, THE INTERSECTION OF 93RD COURT AND LINCOLN…



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