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Clive Flood Recovery and Cleanup Information

July 10, 2018

Clive Flood Recovery and Cleanup Update


Reporting Property Damage Information

The City of Clive and Polk County Emergency Management are asking residents and businesses to report storm and flood damage to homes, businesses, public buildings, roads, and other property.  This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with the City of Clive.  Your reports will help with future flood mitigation, and may trigger additional state and federal government support for Clive residents and businesses.  You can directly enter damage information through the Iowa Department of Homeland Security form at:

Free Building Inspections

City of Clive Staff are conducting free inspections of flood and storm damaged properties. Staff will help you evaluate whether your building is safe, identify materials that may still need to be removed, and help report your damage to Polk County Emergency Management. To request an inspection, please contact City of Clive Community Development at 515-223-6221, or


Permit Fees Waived for Storm and Flood Related Repairs and Improvements

The City of Clive is waiving all permit fees for repairs and improvements related to the recent storm and flooding.  As you begin repairing flood and storm damaged areas, watch out for scams and individuals posing as legitimate contractors.  Stay in close communication with your insurance provider and work only with licensed, reputable contractors.  Visit the Iowa Attorney General’s site for guidance on selecting contractors:


Ongoing Debris Cleanup

On Friday July 6 the City of Clive had a special flood debris pickup event.  At this time there are no additional debris pickups scheduled.  Residents and businesses can use their regular curbside garbage and recycling totes to dispose of debris, or contract with a private debris hauler.  Pickup for water damaged appliances can be scheduled by calling the City’s contracted waste hauler Waste Management at 515-265-5267.  Waste Management also offers special collection service for large amounts of debris through their “Bagster” program.  More information can be found on their website:


Hazardous waste that requires special disposal—such as paint, herbicides, lawn chemicals, pool chemicals, antifreeze, batteries, and used motor oil—must be disposed of appropriately.  Visit Metro Waste Authority for information on safe disposal of hazardous waste:

Information about how to safely clean up flood damaged properties is available at the Polk County Health Department site:


Additional information on cleanup and repairing flooded buildings is available on the City of Clive website:


Volunteers Available to Help With Ongoing Cleanup   

Volunteers are available to help residents and businesses with ongoing cleanup.  To request cleanup help, call the Polk County Emergency Management Volunteer Center at 515-286-2154 or 515-286-2155.  A brief building damage assessment must be completed before volunteers can begin helping with cleanup.  Volunteers can help move debris to the curb but they cannot haul it away.  Volunteers also cannot help with disinfection, mold removal, or power washing.  Property owners should contact reputable cleaning companies for these services.


Financial Assistance for Eligible Residents

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program is now available for qualifying residents of Polk County. The grant program provides up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses not covered by insurance or other grant programs. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website at  Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. For information on the Individual Assistance Grant Program in Polk County, contact IMPACT Community Action Partnership at


Additional Recovery Assistance

A list of services for those affected by the storm and flooding is below and available at the Polk County Emergency Management site:


Polk County Health Department – medical assessment, help with medications and tetanus vaccines. For additional information, please call (515) 286-3798.

Polk County Health Services – mental health services and resources. For additional information, please call (515) 243-4545.

Polk County Public Works – pumps to assist cleaning out basements. For additional information, please call (515) 286-3705.

Polk County General Assistance – financial assistance with bills, rent and any other flood expenses. For additional information, please call (515) 286-2088.

United Way – volunteer coordination. For additional information, please call (515) 246-6519.

Red Cross – clean up kits, case management, and food and clothing assistance and resources. For additional information, please call (515) 243-7681.

MidAmerican Energy – help with turning gas and electric back on in homes. For additional information, please call 1-888-427-5632.

IMPACT – provide temporary housing, food assistance, personal property assistance and home repair. For additional information, please call (515) 274-1334.

Iowa Legal Aid – legal assistance for tenants with flood damage questions and concerns. For additional information, please call (515) 243-1193.

Salvation Army – flood recovery kits, food assistance and additional assistance. For additional information, please call (515) 282-3599.

Polk County Emergency Management – free volunteer assistance to move water damaged property from your home. Call (515) 286-2154 or (515) 286-2155 to request help.



Use caution when entering previously flooded structures, and follow safety guidelines when handling materials that have touched flood water.  Also, please be careful when driving in previously flooded areas.  Debris stacked near streets can make it difficult to see pedestrians and other vehicles.



The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has established the Polk County Flood Relief Fund to provide 100% direct support to those affected by the storms and flooding.  Funds will be distributed by Polk County.  Donate online at$222165_hash$5132fedfc097abca5b0d87bb0a1b8e194303865d/Default.aspx


Event Summary

On Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, July 1st heavy rain fell throughout the Walnut Creek watershed in a matter of hours, causing dangerous flash flooding in Clive and other communities in the region.  The City called for evacuations in flood prone neighborhoods to protect lives and property.  City staff went door-to-door to ensure individuals got the evacuation information.  Clive Police and Fire Department officers executed at least 33 rescues by boat and 34 rescues by foot.


Hundreds of Clive residences and businesses have flood and storm water damage.  In the area near University Blvd between 73rd and 80th alone, the City estimates between 20-25 homes were flooded and 10-15 businesses.  Dozens of properties throughout the City have suffered storm water damages.   


This event is now the flood of record for North Walnut Creek at Hickman Road in Clive, and Walnut Creek at 63rd Street in West Des Moines. 


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