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From the City of Clive

The City of Clive is experiencing a major flooding event along Walnut Creek.  The National Weather Service is predicting a crest of Walnut Creek of 14.5 feet at 1:00 A.M. on the morning of July 1st.  This event requires the evacuation of residents and businesses in the following areas:

  • University Blvd Area – 73rd to 86th
  • 86th Street Area – University to Swanson
  • 86th & University Area – Intersection and University Park Shopping Center
  • Swanson Blvd Area – Railroad Tracks to 100th
  • NW 92nd Court Area
  • Indian Hills Area – north and east of Indian Hills Junior High
  • 100th Street – immediately north of Walnut Creek
  • 114th Street Area – immediately north of Walnut Creek

In addition, the City of Clive has temporarily closed the following City streets:

  • University Boulevard – closed 78th to 81st
  • 86th Street – closed University to Swanson, local traffic only south of Hickman
  • Swanson Boulevard – closed Railroad Tracks to 100th, local traffic only 86th to Railroad Tracks
  • 100th Street – closed Swanson to Lincoln, local traffic only 86th to Railroad Tracks
  • 114th Street – closed immediately adjacent to Walnut Creek

All of the evacuated areas and closed streets will have limited access.  Only authorized public safety and City officials will be allowed to access these areas.

 

Sandbag Materials may be accessed at two locations:

  • 8500 Alice Avenue, in the north parking lot of Linnan Park
  • 9997 University Avenue, in the northeast parking lot of the Salvation Army and Nobbies

Additional Information, including flood inundation maps, can be found at https://www.cityofclive.com/residents/health-safety/flood-response-protocol

 

Residents needing special assistance for medical reasons can call 911 and emergency services will be provided.

 

Based on current projections, the National Weather Service and Polk County Emergency Management project Walnut Creek to crest at Interstate 80/35 at 1:00 A.M.  Issues related to flooding are expected to continue until further notice.  Flood maps showing the affected areas are available on the City of Clive’s website.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The temperatures were high on Saturday, but so were the frustration levels of protesters. They gathered at the statehouse to speak out against the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance immigration policies.

“I can’t believe where we’re at in this country. I can’t believe what’s happened here in just the last year and a half. It seems like the compassion that Americans have for the less fortunate is disappearing, and it’s great to be around so many people who still feel that compassion” said Curt Froyen.

Froyen says this is the first protest of any kind he’s attended since protesting the Vietnam War. He was drafted, and now the Vietnam vet is saying this immigration policy isn’t what he fought for.

“Nearly everyone here is a descendent of an immigrant, and they didn’t all come here with critical skills. They came here with just hope for a better life and they contributed to make this country great. What we’re doing right now isn’t what I’d consider to be great any longer” said Froyen.

Speaker Alexa Rodriguez shared stories of parents and children who were separated at the border, moving some in the crowd to tears.

“Five year-old Jose was taken from his father after they arrived at the U.S. border in El Paso. His foster mother reports that the first few nights he cried himself to sleep, and recently, he moans and moans as he tries to fall asleep. He keeps a stick figure drawing of his family underneath his pillow” said Rodriguez.

Stories like that keep protesters like Sara Gangel up at night.

“As a mother I’m really disturbed over the idea of kids being taken from their families. Really, I’ve woken up with nightmares trying to think about what it might be like and it’s heartbreaking” she said.

Protesters say that it won’t be enough just to show up with signs, they need to take action in the midterm elections.

“We have to vote this out, we have to get rid of this. It’s just awful” said Steven Mackey.

The rally was organized by Next-Gen Iowa and the League of United Latin American Citizens.