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Martensdale St Mary’s scored 4 runs in the 7th inning for a dramatic walk-off win over Wayne.

With the win, MSTM qualifies for next week’s state tournament.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Homeowners along Four Mile Creek are outraged as they dig mud out of their basements for the third time in eight years.

Now, they want to find out if city leaders plan to make improving the area a priority. Their complaints were echoed in Beaverdale, where sanitary sewers overflowed into basements. Neighbors say the city has neglected the community’s aging sewer system for years.

Residents turned to the Des Moines City Council for answers on Monday night.

Des Moines Public Works has removed an estimated six million pounds of flood debris from throughout the metro, but residents say that’s not enough. Some want longterm change in the form of policy.

“Back in April I bought my first house, not knowing that everything was going to be destroyed,” resident Amanda Hatfield said.

Hatfield’s Beaverdale home saw more than three feet of water, and the structure is now considered a total loss.

“I have no car, I have no place to live, I don’t even have food on my table every night because something you guys didn’t fix five years ago when you knew about it,” she said to the city council.

Hatfield, who lives on 57th Street, says the city knew the storm drains were too old and unable to handle an unexpected downpour–and she’s not alone.

“You have got to find the revenue for those storm sewers. No other option, you’ve got to find it,” resident Jenni Clise said.

“I think the city needs to develop an emergency disaster plan, and this needs to include all parties,” added resident LeAnn Auxier.

She believes she and her neighbors did not receive aid fast enough, and council member Christopher Coleman agrees.

“I think that a policy is probably necessary and that we should probably think about it before the heat of the moment for exactly what we do when, and this is not to be critical of anybody,” Coleman said.

The council unanimously voted to establish a committee, in the hopes of developing an emergency disaster plan and to bring lessons learned from this flood to light.

Coleman wants to report back with nominations for a disaster committee by September 30th. The city council did not act on potential buyouts. In the past, though, it has only bought out homes that sit in a known floodplain, which would not include the Beaverdale properties.

In this week’s Murphy’s Law, Keith Murphy says the Barnstormers long-awaited championship was fun for fans who have been through a lot.

In this week’s What’s Bugging Andy?, Andy says it’s simple: Summer 2018.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new study from ADT says Iowa isn’t a safe place to ride your bike.

While Los Angeles and New York are number one and two on the ADT list of dangerous cities for cyclists, Webster City, Iowa comes in third and then seven through 10 are Waterloo, Sioux City, Johnston, and Des Moines respectively. Justin Sheldon, general manager of Bike World in Urbandale said the ranking is unexpected.

“Usually we think of the central Iowa area as a very safe place to ride a bike with our great trail system and a good number of bike lanes, but I was very surprised at seeing Iowa having five of the top 10 cities on that list” said Sheldon.

Cyclists out for a ride Saturday afternoon agree.

“I’m from the Johnston area and so I think they definitely have a wide range of trails up there” said Holly Pohlmeier.

The study considered several factors including the number of bike commuters, the number of fatal crashes, protected bike lanes, bike safety laws and spending on bike friendly infrastructure per capita. The data was then weighted, fatal crashes carried more significance than the number of protected bike lanes for example. Despite their surprise, cyclists do say there could be improvements made to the area.

“I think through the city I feel a little more uncomfortable, even on the bike lanes it feels like there’s still a driver vs bicyclist culture” said Mallory Roush.

“The completion of some of the trails that have existed, you know you can’t always get across some of the major roads and kinda connecting some of the stuff up safer would be a great thing to see in the near future” said Sheldon.

However, cyclists we spoke to recognize that they too share the responsibility of making Iowa a safer place to ride.

“Visibility, we’re really big on wearing bright pieces of clothing and we recommend daytime running lights on people’s bikes to make them visible. Whether its sunny or dark outside, if you’re seen you have a better chance of not getting hit” said Sheldon.

“I just look both ways and be smart about it” said Roush.

The safest city in Iowa was Iowa City, but it ranks 767 out of 790 on the list. RAGBRAI will travel through Iowa City this year.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Residents in Beaverdale have spent the last week cleaning up after the floods, and now they are getting a much-needed break.

Homeowners and businesses in Beaverdale hosted a BBQ fundraiser for flood victims. Guests could grab a bite to each, clothes, and cleaning supplies. The fundraiser runs until 7 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of 3615 1/2 Beaver Avenue.

Beaverdale resident and t-shirt and screen printing business owner Charlie Edringston is putting his skills to work to help raise money for the victims by selling “Beaverdale flood, strength in neighbor” shirts. Edringston says his business received some water damage, but not much compared to others.

“It’s devastating. You drive home every day, and every time you go home there is another house, person, pile of stuff.”

The t-shirts cost $25 and can be picked up at Chuckle’s Custom Prints store. Money raised will go towards purchasing donation supplies and recovery efforts to El Aguila Real, a Beaverdale restaurant destroyed in the flood.

IOWA  —  Work to repair a flood-damaged grocery store could take the rest of the summer.

Several feet of water poured into the Hy-Vee on MLK Parkway. After reviewing the damage, Hy-Vee opted to begin renovation work that was supposed to happen later this year. Hy-Vee has yet to say when the renovation will be complete.

However, until it does, Hy-Vee is offering free DART bus services to its East Euclid store. Starting on Monday, buses will go back and forth between the two stores from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The bus will run on a 40-minute loop, and passengers can catch the bus in the stores’ parking lots.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Following recent flooding in the metro, thousands of flies and a putrid smell fill one Beaverdale neighborhood.

Remnants of the flood remain on Maquoketa Drive.

“The whole neighborhood just stunk,” Jon McAlister said.

Unlike others, McAlister was able to save something special.

“We got a claw hammer, we’re trying to chop through, basically panicking, trying to get the cat out. The water keeps rising and rising,” McAlister said.

Nearly a week ago, the neighborhood was unrecognizable. The flood opened a sink hole, downed a large tree, damaged homes, and totaled cars.

“We had so much trash out here, just piles and piles of trash the city came and picked up. We were under limited entry because the water heater, the gas pipes, the furnace, all of that had gone out,” resident Lillian Nelson said.

McAlister blames the flood on poor storm drains.

“How do we bounce back from things like this, how to be ready for this, how do we improve our storm water drainage system,” said McAlister.

McAlister’s neighbors took that question to a meeting with city and state officials on Thursday, demanding action. The city says streets with sewer drains that are 100 years old or more will be the top priority.

The Declaration of Independence contains hate speech, according to Facebook’s algorithms.

Though the social media site eventually allowed the famed historical document to be shared in full, Texas’ Liberty County Vindicator ran into trouble while posting fragments of the text on its Facebook page ahead of Independence Day.

Facebook’s algorithms specifically flagged three words in a line accusing the British monarchy of endeavoring “to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages,” claiming the line violated the site’s standards on hate speech, per the BBC. “Unfortunately, [Thomas] Jefferson, like most British colonists of his day, did not hold an entirely friendly view of Native Americans,” the Vindicator‘s managing editor, Casey Stinnett, commented after the text was removed.

Stinnett wasn’t all that upset, though. “The newspaper has little grounds for complaint other than the silliness of it,” he wrote.

Still, Facebook later restored the content and apologized. “We made a mistake and removed something you posted on Facebook that didn’t go against our community standards,” the company told the paper.

It’s an admission surely welcomed by Christian Britschgi at Reason, who accused Facebook of “whitewashing America’s founding.” While “clearly racist,” the flagged line of text “serves as another example of the American Revolution’s mixed legacy; one that won crucial liberties for a certain segment of the population, while continuing to deny those same liberties to Native Americans and African slaves,” he writes.

(A copy of the Declaration was reportedly hidden behind wallpaper.)

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DES MOINES, Iowa–  Outrage Thursday in Beaverdale some residents calling on city officials to act.

For some residents recovering from a flood is common.

Residents blamed their sewer drains for the problem saying they’re too old and unreliable.

At one meeting, community members met in the middle of 57th street.

Where nearly a week ago there was more than 3 feet of water.

“My husband almost drowned in that backyard he couldn’t get out he had to swim up” resident Kayde Heidt said.

Heidt and others blame the flooding on an outdated drainage system, that they thought was fixed.

“I am very angry we thought that they had fixed it then come to find out all they did was try to put a band aid on it,” Heidt said.

The city said at the time, that was the only option.

“A bunch of us are going to get together, we are going to talk about it what can we put off getting this taken care of because this is a priority,” Des Moines City Councilman Bill Gray said.

Ten blocks down on 47th and Holcomb another group of residents expressing similar concerns.

“I want them to fix the infrastructure it wants them to quit putting money towards beautification,” Heidt said.

At this meeting, city and state officials joined the conversation.

“I don’t agree with you that its failing infrastructure, it think it is overwhelmed,” Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said.

According to Polk County Mitigation Plan, there are 54 new and existing river or flash flood projects, all of which listed as high priority.

Despite being a high priority, these neighborhoods sit miles away from a body of water so, their sewer drainage systems are not top of that list.