• Happy 4th of July

    Most city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. All library branches will be closed on Friday & Saturday. Solid waste collection will be on regular schedule.


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  • Clowns At The Carousel - August 2nd

    Clowns At The Carousel is August 2, 2015 starting at 4:00pm till 7:00 pm. It's all at Heritage Carousel located in Union Park of Des Moines, Iowa which is located at 725 Thompson Avenue. Don't miss this Free & Exciting event! We invite you to join us for a night of laughter, fun & entertainment at one of Des Moines, Iowa's greatest parks!


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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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Floodplain Information


The City of Des Moines, in accordance with National Flood Insurance Program regulation 65.7(b)(1), intends to update the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) along Four Mile Creek within the city limits of Des Moines based on a recent study conducted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

If you have any questions or concerns about the proposed project or its affect on your property, you may email the Information Center for the City of Des Moines or call  (515) 283-4500 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Public comments can be sent to:

Attn: Howard Kellick
3601 Eisenhower Avenue
Case No. 07-07-1813P
Alexandria, VA 22304-6425

Visit FEMA website for additional information regarding the FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program
The following 2007 Four Mile Creek Floodway and Floodplain map updates are broken down into areas for easier viewing and printing. Link to the following maps once you get them into the document library.


Map Area North of Easton Blvd

Map Area South of Easton Blvd & North of East University Ave

Map Area South of University Ave & in Vicinity of Scott Ave