Exira Flood of 1958

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Des Moines, neighboring city to Exira, experiencing similar catastrophic damage from the 1958 flood. This photo was taken on July 2, 1958 at the intersection of 63rd Street and Grand Ave near the Walnut Creek in Des Moines, Iowa.

Photo provided by Des Moines Register

In 1958, a fatal flood swept through the town of Exira, Iowa. To commemorate this tragic event and the lives lost, the town erected a memorial a few years ago; it’s located in the city park at the center of town, right across the street from the city clerk’s office. Visit to read about the flood and listen to testimonies from survivors.


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