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The Des Moines metro area experienced excessive amounts of rain fall overnight resulting in flooding and dangerous conditions. Pleasant Hill is currently being impacted by flood conditions in Fourmile Creek and the Des Moines River. Several roads are covered with water and are not passable including portions of Vandalia Road, Little Fourmile Creek Drive, Pleasant Hill Boulevard, and Parkridge Avenue. Copper Creek Lake Park and portions of the Gay Lea Wilson Trail are closed due to flooding.
The City’s Fire, Police, and Public Works operations have been working through the night to secure facilities and evacuate residents of the manufactured home community on Parkridge Avenue.
“A major focus of our efforts over the last twelve hours has been the safety and relocation of residents of the Pleasant Valley manufactured home community located next to Fourmile Creek,” stated Pleasant Hill City Manager, Ben Champ. “We are providing shelter to those displaced at the Doanes Park Youth Center.”
Residents are directed to avoid the closed areas and stay out of floodwater. Areas of the community may remain closed for several days until the water recedes and until Public Works and Public Safety staff can assess damage and conditions of public infrastructure.
“The City is incredibly thankful for the mutual aid we have received over the last 24 hours,” Pleasant Hill Mayor Sara Kurovski said. “It is a blessing that we live and work in an area where jurisdiction lines do not matter, only people do.”
The City is a part of several watersheds, including the Fourmile Creek Watershed which is a 76,000-acre watershed that received the highest rainfall totals from this storm in the City of Ankeny and northern Polk County. The creek and its tributaries run for over 40 miles before eventually joining with the Des Moines River. Stormwater is channeled in these areas and flows through the City of Pleasant Hill before entering the Des Moines River.
Individuals in need of assistance are encouraged to call 2-1-1 for accurate and timely information as well as referrals to disaster recovery services, including health and human services. Call 2-1-1, visit www.211Iowa.org or text your ZIP code to 898211.