Debris forces closure of two bridges Tuesday

Flooding from the Boone River forced the city to close bridges on Des Moines and Bank Streets on Tuesday. At the end of the day, both bridges were reopened.

City Manager Ed Sadler said large backups of debris from the flooding had collected at the bridges, and closed them as a safety precaution.

Crews were out clearing the debris on Tuesday in preparation for the predicted peak of flooding this week – last night – when the river sat at about 14 feet.

Sadler said the city has gone through a very deliberate process to ensure public safety during this flooding. He said the city has plans for when the river hits certain heights. He also said the lack of strong rains on Monday gave the river a chance to go down.

A flood warning is still in effect until Friday evening.