The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Des Moines, Iowa is compiling a database of flood impacts within their respective Hydrologic Service Area (HSA). River basins within the Des Moines HSA include:
- Des Moines and its tributaries
- Raccoon River
- North Raccoon River
- Middle Raccoon River
- South Raccoon River
- East Fork Des Moines River
- Boone River
- Beaver Creek
- Walnut Creek
- Fourmile Creek
- North River
- Middle River
- South River
- Cedar Creek
- White Breast Creek
- English Creek
- Cedar River and its tributaries
- Winnebago River
- Shell Rock River
- Beaver Creek
- Blackhawk Creek
- West Fork Cedar River
- Iowa River and tributaries
- South Skunk River and tributaries
- Chariton River and tributaries
- South Fork Chariton River
- Thompson River
- East Fork 102 River
For more information on the locations of these rivers, please refer to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service on the Des Moines National Weather Service homepage.
When submitting flood photos, please reference the location where the picture was taken, the time and date of the picture, and the specific river or creek name.
The National Weather Service uses pictures for research, education, and to improve upon the quality of their river forecast products to better serve the public, other governmental agencies, and private companies. The National Weather Service will give credit to the photographer if your photo is used externally.
With the expected flooding across central Iowa, it would be a tremendous help to the National Weather Service with submitting photos of impacts from the river basins mentioned above or their respective smaller tributaries. Some examples of the type of pictures we are requesting are on the second page. We are looking for specific impacts due to river flooding. For instance, if the river covers a bridge or a road, floods a residential or commercial building(s), affects a significant amount of farmland, and any other impacts that you think would be pertinent. This would include flooding due to ice jams and snow melt.
Please submit pictures via email to DMX.Spotterreport@noaa.gov with the subject titled Impact Flooding Pictures or post the images on our Facebook Page or Tweet to us @NWSDesMoines
A hard copy or copies are always welcome and can be sent to our office: 9607 NW Beaver Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
Beaver Creek on NW 62nd Avenue in Johnston, IA. Photo taken approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 1, 2008. Photo by Anne Taylor
Iowa River at Rowan on March 16, 2010 along 200th street. Flood due to snow melt.
Des Moines River at Highway T17 just south of Pella in Marion County, IA. Photo taken on June 19, 2008 at approximately 1 p.m. CDT
Iowa River on Highway 14 just north of Marshalltown on June 8, 2008 at 6:43 p.m. CDT. Photo by Wayne Fass
Des Moines Weather Forecast Office Hydrologic Service Area. If you have any photos near any of these Forecast or Data Points, please submit them to DMX.firstname.lastname@example.org or send them via Twitter or Facebook.