Army Corps of Engineers News

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, …

Flood Risk Heightened for California’s Mojave River Dam

LOS ANGELES — A California dam could fail during an extreme storm and send water flooding into Mojave Desert communities that are home to about 300,000 people, authorities said Friday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it has …

Flooded Mississippi a Threat as Hurricane Season Heats Up

NEW ORLEANS — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water …

Enbridge Says Gap Opens Beneath Great Lakes Oil Pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Erosion has created a gap beneath an oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes channel that’s wider than allowed under an agreement with the state of Michigan, oil transport company Enbridge Inc. said Wednesday. The Canadian …

Mississippi River Barge Shipping Resumes After Floods, but Rains to Return

The upper Mississippi River fully reopened to boat and barge traffic this week for the first time since November as shippers scrambled to move a backlog of overdue fertilizer barges to farmers racing to sow corn before the end of …

Museum Recreates Katrina’s Muck in New Orleans

About the photo: Artist Aaron Angelo takes a sledgehammer to the leg of a baby grand piano in a house where two rooms are being transformed to look as they might have looked once floodwaters receded following Hurricane Katrina in …

Mississippi, Claiming Louisiana Dam Causes Flooding, Sues Federal Government

The state of Mississippi this week sued the federal government, claiming a dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land. The suit seeks at least $25 million in damages and touches on …

Bayside Islets Being Used by Eastern Shore Towns to Ease Island Flooding

At last Thursday’s high tide, a tiny tugboat named Bonnie pulled a red barge through Great Egg Harbor Bay, N.J. It headed to Beesleys Point 2 miles away to be filled with up to 300 tons of rock before returning …