$125 million project will revamp Des Moines levee system to prepare for flooding

ByShannon J. Cortes

May 4, 2022

A number of Des Moines bike lanes will be closed in the coming weeks as part of an effort to keep the city above water. In 2008, downtown Des Moines was rocked by historic flooding. Now the city is revamping the levee system with a $125 million project to make sure it doesn’t happen again. KCCI spoke with Aaron Kline, a Des Moines resident who was 17 in 2008. “It’s hard to imagine this ever happening,” Kline said. “I was just a young kid. I don’t remember much. I just remember you couldn’t come to town at that time.” When the city’s levee system was submerged, Court Avenue was submerged. People were walking in water up to their knees, barricading their businesses. “It could be hundreds of millions of dollars if it ends up flooding again like it did in 2008. That’s why we’re modifying the levees to reduce the risk of that happening again,” said Patrick Beane, of the Des Moines Clean Water. Schedule. . Des Moines has set up an eight-phase, $125 million project to revamp the city’s levee system. They are currently working on phase two, so within a week Meredith Trail will be closed from Southwest 2nd Street to Southwest 9th Street. let’s not just raise it to the absolute minimum. We’re actually building some resilience and going half a foot above the minimum requirement,” Beane said. It is to prepare for any weather that the future holds for us. Des Moines is spending more on stormwater than ever before. Beane says this will help protect the city’s infrastructure from future flooding, but this project will take some time. “We’re going to do this for 10+ years to complete all these projects,” Beane said. The Meredith Trail will be closed until October. Beane says when this project is fully completed, it will give the city the opportunity to expand and add more bike lanes.

A number of Des Moines bike lanes will be closed in the coming weeks as part of an effort to keep the city above water.

In 2008, downtown Des Moines was rocked by historic flooding.

Now the city is revamping the levee system with a $125 million project to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

KCCI spoke with Aaron Kline, a Des Moines resident who was 17 in 2008.

“It’s hard to imagine that ever happening,” Kline said. “I was just a young kid. I don’t remember much. I just remember you couldn’t come to town at that time.”

When the city’s levee system was submerged, Court Avenue was submerged. People were walking in water up to their knees, barricading their businesses.

“It could be hundreds of millions of dollars if it ends up flooding again like it did in 2008. That’s why we’re modifying the levees to reduce the risk of that happening again,” said Patrick Beane, of the Des Moines Clean Water. Schedule. .

Des Moines has set up an eight-phase, $125 million project to revamp the city’s levee system.

They are currently working on phase two, so within a week Meredith Trail will be closed from Southwest 2nd Street to Southwest 9th Street.

Beane says they raise the levees from half a foot to a few feet higher.

“We’re not just raising it to the absolute minimum. We’re actually building some resilience and going half a foot above the minimum requirement,” Beane said.

It is to prepare for any weather that the future holds for us. Des Moines is spending more on stormwater than ever before.

Beane says this will help protect the city’s infrastructure from future flooding, but this project will take some time.

“We’re going to do this for over 10 years to complete all of these projects,” Beane said.

The Meredith Trail will be closed until October.

Beane says when this project is fully completed, it will give the city the opportunity to expand and add more bike lanes.