Army Corps of Engineers News

Officials: 2nd Breach Concern in Florida Phosphate Reservoir

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A drone discovered a possible second breach in a large Florida wastewater reservoir as more pumps were headed to the site to prevent a catastrophic flood, officials said Monday. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican, …

Analysis: Louisiana Weighs Hefty Borrowing to Pay Levee Debt

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana delayed paying its debts for improvements to the federal flood protection system stretching across five parishes in the New Orleans area. The massive bill totaling as much as $3 billion is …

Flooded Everglades: Boon for Birds But High Waters a Threat

MIAMI (AP) — A record-breaking rainy season has left the River of Grass looking like a real river. Shark Valley, a popular Everglades National Park tourist stop off Tamiami Trail, is temporarily closed and mostly underwater. The looping road leading …

Thousands Comment on Proposed Mississippi Pump Project

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) _ The Army Corps of Engineers says thousands of people have sent comments about a proposal for huge pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta. They represent a wide range of viewpoints, Vicksburg …

Locals Seek Repairs After Storm Ate at Island Levee

NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Cristobal ate away the beach of Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island to the huge sand-filled tube at the core of a protective levee, and the Army Corps of Engineers says permits and studies keep it …

Army Corps Has $4.6B Plan to Protect Miami From Flooding

The federal government is proposing a $4.6 billion plan to protect the low-lying Miami area from the effects of climate change, including the construction of miles of sea walls. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft plan last …

Already Braced for Covid-19, Towns Watch the Rising Mississippi With Fear

From her home window, Belinda Constant, mayor of Gretna, Louisiana, watches the mighty Mississippi flow by. Beyond it are the sparkling lights of New Orleans. She views both warily these days. New Orleans is a hot spot for Covid-19, and …

NOAA Study Says ‘Atmospheric Rivers’ Cause 84% of Flood Damage in the West

Climate change is spurring a new, deep dive into a complex, little-studied weather system blamed for creating billions of dollars in flood damage across the western U.S. Atmospheric rivers are narrow ribbons of concentrated moisture that originate in the Pacific …

U.S. May Be on Hook for $1 Billion to Cover Harvey Damage

The U.S. government may be on the hook for as much as $1 billion after a federal judge found it responsible for the flooding of thousands of homes and businesses in Houston during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. U.S. District Judge …

$12.7M Dam Project Aimed at Protecting New Mexico Village

In one southern New Mexico village, it’s like clockwork — the summer rains come and the floodwaters follow. Federal officials say storm runoff regularly causes significant damage to residential, commercial and agricultural areas in and around the village of Hatch, …