Heavy rains close trails

With nearly 3.5 inches of rain received from Saturday through Monday, Webster City is experiencing high water and the threat of flooding in some areas.

In Webster City, officials with the City have announced that two local trails will be closed due to rising waters. According to Kent Harfst, assistant city manager and director of recreation and public grounds, due to the high water levels and potential for flooding, portions of the Boone River Trail and the Brewer Creek Trail from Des Moines Street to Beach Street are temporarily closed. Portions of the Boone River Trail were underwater as of noon Tuesday.

Harfst was uncertain when the trails would open again.

“I would think it all depends on the weather conditions up north, whether there is more rain,” he said, “but I’m guessing the waters will come down in a few days.”

While it’s not uncommon for the two trails to flood, Harfst said the time of year for that is usually in the spring and summer.

“Who’d have thought we would have flooding in December?” he said.

Harfst said city workers will take a brush truck to clean the trails of mud and debris before opening the recreational areas again.

The story was same across much of the state. In Des Moines, Fleur Drive was closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway an Bell Avenue. Flooding also caused the closure of the city’s annual Jolly Holiday Lights display.

The forecast for Webster City calls for a chance of rain Wednesday and mostly cloudy skies on Thursday with sunshine returning to the forecast for Friday and Saturday. No rain is in the forecast until Dec. 22 when there is a slight chance of late afternoon showers.