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Flooding forces closure of DHS office


DES MIONES (KWWL) -- The threat of flooding on the Des Moines River has forced the Iowa Department of Human Services to close their main Polk County office and relocate it to temporary offices.

"Our phones will still be answered, we'll still provide services, and we'll still respond to complaints of abuse or neglect of children or dependent adults," said DHS Director Charles Krogmeier. "The difference is, people doing this work will be located in temporary offices in other DHS locations in the county."

Krogmeier says the River Place office building, which is on Des Moines' north side, will be closed for at least a week.  He adds that are contingencies in place for a two-week displacement.

Water from the Des Moines River is not expected to enter the building, but files, computers and other items are being moved as a precaution.

Most of the nearly 190 DHS employees based at the River Place office will work from another local office or at the central office in the Hoover State Office Building.

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