WHO Radio News

WHO Radio News

Iowa's largest radio news team covers the top local, state, and national stories with experience and dedication. Hear news at the top and bottom of the hour. Breaking news and severe weather, at once on AM 1040 WHO. Contact WHO Radio Newsroom: (515) 245-8887 Email: News@WHOradio.com


Flood clean-up underway in Des Moines area

URBANDALE, Iowa-  Residents of the Des Moines area continue a big clean-up effort, after flash flooding Saturday night.   

Many cities are scheduling special flood-related damaged trash collections.

The City of Des Moines will be setting up sites for residents to drop off flood damaged items Tuesday, July 3rd and then Thursday, July 5th through Saturday, July 7th. Roll-off debris containers will be available for residents to deposit their debris from 7 AM to 7 PM each of those days. Following are the five locations:

  • Northwest Aquatic Center Parking Lot4915 Madison Avenue
  • Beaverdale Park3333 Adams Avenue
  • Grandview Park Parking LotGuthrie Avenue & E.32nd Street intersection
  • Birdland Park Parking LotBirdland Drive & Saylor Road
  • South Side Library Parking Lot1111 Porter Avenue

The City of Johnston will follow the following guidelines to assist residents to cleanup storm damaged items from the weather event that occurred June 30 – July 1. Storm damaged items include carpet, furniture, etc. that were damaged by flood waters from the storm.

Garbage collection will follow normal procedures on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3. All garbage must be placed inside the regular garbage containers to be collected. If you have additional trash (that does not fit into the container) you may place it in a garbage bag or box with a $1.00 sticker attached. Stickers can be purchased at Johnston City Hall and locations around the metro

Urbandale Residents can utilize the no-charge Storm Damaged Household Debris Material Collection service beginning Monday, July 2. To request this no-charge service please email engpw@urbandale.org or call at 515-278-3950 and leave a message with your address and contact information. Place household debris between the street curb and sidewalk for Urbandale Public Works to collect. Residents must notify Urbandale Public Works to arrange the pickup.

Clive:  A special debris pickup date will be scheduled for properties in the University Blvd. neighborhood (80th Street to the west, 75th to the east, University Ave to the south, and Drake Street to the north).  The City is also reaching out directly to other residences and businesses where there was intense flood related damage to coordinate cleanup.  The City is collaborating with Metro Waste Authority, Waste Management, Polk County, and neighboring communities.   Residents and businesses can begin staging debris at their street curb.

The City of Clive has reopened all streets to normal traffic including.  All previously evacuated areas are now open.

 The Greenbelt trail remains closed. 

Bondurant will have a collection July 3rd.  Larger items that have been damaged by flooding will not need the large item collection stickers.

Resources about flood recovery and clean up are available at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/disasterrecovery/flooding.

The City of Ankeny will begin curbside pickup July 9th, all items must be placed on the curb by that date at 7 a.m.   Residents must call 515-964-522 or email custserv@ankenysanitation.com) no later than 4 p.m. Friday, July 6th to request curbside pickup.

Flood damaged items accepted for curbside pickup:

·        Household items

·        Carpet (must be rolled up and under 5 ft in length)

·        Drywall

·        Furniture

·        Mattresses

·        Plumbing

·        Computers

·        Televisions

·        Radios

·        Stereos

·        All other electronics

What is not accepted for curbside pickup?

·        Appliances must be dropped off at the Drop Off Site July 3, 5 or 6 between 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (see below) If residents are unable to haul appliances, curbside pickup can be arranged with Ankeny Sanitation, however the resident will be responsible for the removal fee.

·        Yard waste/vegetative materials

·        Hazardous waste - cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, oil based paints & stains

·        Tires

A drop  off site for Ankeny residents will be available July 3, 5, and 6th (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Ankeny City Maintenance Facility, at 211 SE Lorenz Drive, proof of residence is required.

The City of Ankeny is partnering with Polk County on private property damage assessments due to the flood. If you had water in your basement or experienced any other damage to your home because of flooding, please call 211 to report the damage. 


Polk County is hosting a flood disaster recovery center located at Polk County River Place, 2309 Euclid Ave. in Des Moines. The center will be open Monday, July 2, from 1 – 6 p.m. and Tuesday, July 3, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The center will be closed Wednesday, July 4, to reassess resources and services for the remainder of the week.

*Local evacuation shelters are being consolidated into one overnight shelter at Southeast Polk Junior High (8031 E. University Avenue) in Pleasant Hill. Current shelter occupants will be transported to the new location. 

Sponsored Content

Sponsored Content