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Des Moines, Iowa Flooding – Updated Saturday @ 8:30 PM

*** This post will be updated and will be kept as a sticky at the top as major flooding events in Des Moines occur. ***

Downtown Des Moines is still contained, although other parts of the city have begun flooding more extensively as water from Saylorville Lake Reservoir has been filling the Des Moines River after the Emergency Spillway Dam was lowered last night.

Below is a live webcam of the river through downtown Des Moines (Sunday 6/15/2008: This image may now be pointing elsewhere in downtown Des Moines).

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Update:

(1:00 PM) We’ve got about a foot of water on Court Avenue as water pressure on the storm sewer system has forced its way to the street. Manhole covers have popped off, but …


And We’re Back!

Got the high-speed running again, and we’re all very happy here!

I can’t say the same for everyone in town. We continue to have flooding throughout the state, and water levels are rising around Des Moines. The local AAA baseball park is at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers, and city crews are placing sandbags around the facility (it was washed out pretty badly in 1993). Bottom line is, we’re in the middle of it right now, and we don’t know how it’s going to come out. Officials are confident that levees and flood walls built after 1993 will help provide better protection through this event.

Story City, Mason City and other points around the state are already under water to …


We’re Having A little Outage

If you don’t see any other posts for a day or two, it’s just that our internet access is down. We had some kind of outage that should be repaired sometime Monday, but it might be Tuesday before you see anything substantive. Sorry about that. (had to use a public wifi to upload this post)

Probably the result of the storms that rolled through Iowa this weekend. We were actually out of town (in Omaha) most of the weekend, so we missed the stuff that hit Des Moines. However, we still ended up in the basement in Omaha Sunday morning when a tornado hit Omaha.

Quite a bit of flooding around the state. Some areas (including Des Moines) are expecting river crests close to 1993 …


With Our Weather, You Can’t Get a Decent Night’s Sleep

McGehee sent me an email today from Marshalltown, Iowa and said they had a rough night, including losing power at the hotel.  I was up late last night watching the storms run into the Marshalltown area, and suspected they had trouble.  He said he hoped today would be better.

Just as we’re trying to get to sleep tonight, the sirens go off here in Des Moines, dragging us up out of bed into the basement.

A tornado was detected on radar northwest of us and tracked east to northeast, so not much risk of hitting us.  Shortly after it there was a sighting as well.

Now we’re just getting a lot of lightning and thunder… one strike was somewhere in our neighborhood… hopefully no one …


The Weather Outside is Frightful

It’s looking like we’re in for a hard weekend and even into next week… thunderstorms, heavy rain, hail, tornadoes, flooding.  Everyone’s wondering if it will be as bad as the floods of ’93.  I don’t know, but if it is, I would prefer FEMA and the rest of the Federal Government just leave us alone, thank you very much.  We solved the issues with the water supply, we’ve got new berms and flood walls and so on… I suspect we can take care of ourselves here.

The last thing I’d want to see is for us to get dependent on the government like that.  If we think we should wait for federal assistance, we’ll be in worse shape than we were before.

That said, I …


Interesting Day

Just a few reflections on the day…

Politics:

News reports put Hillary ending her campaign on Friday or Saturday. As usual, I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s sad that Hillary has had such a hard time concluding her campain:

“We pledged to support her to the end,” said Representative Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate. “Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is.”

Meanwhile, Ann Coulter (yes, I know that last time I mentioned her I was not very gracious) shares some valuable insights comparing Hillary’s complaints about popular votes vs. delegate votes, and comparing this situation to Al Gore’s …


Bad Weather Here In Iowa

Thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes have been running rampant across Iowa and other parts of the Midwest.

In Iowa, the town of Parkersburg has suffered substantially severe damage. It sounds pretty bad. 5 dead so far there, and 2 others in New Hartford.

Here in West Des Moines, we’ve watched several storm cells pass us to the north and south, but none has hit us yet. There is, however, a rather large system heading our way in the next hour or so. If it doesn’t die out first, it’ll hit us. Hopefully just a bunch of rain.

Our prayers go to those who are being impacted by this weekend’s storms, especially those that have lost loved ones and homes.

10:00 PM: Rain finally starting here. Sounds …


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