City of Des Moines, Polk County still working on Four Mile Creek

Flash flooding in Four Mile Creek, June 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa - The City of Des Moines and Polk County still face a lot of work in the Four Mile Creek neighborhood.

Around nineteen-hundred calls were made during major flash flooding one year ago, and 375 of those calls came from homes in the Four Mile Creek area.

Millions of dollars since then.

"The city has spent about $10.6 million acquiring about 78 properties citywide. About 49 of those properties were right here in the Four Mile Creek watershed,” said Des Moines Engineer Steve Naber.

Polk County Conservation is helping to redesign the area, a project that could take up to seven years to complete. Officials are working to restore the area to its natural habitat, which will include wetlands and woodlands.

According to WHO Channel 13, Four Mile Creek on the east side of Des Moines hit 17.47 feet during the flooding last summer.

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