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US to Urge Barriers, Elevation to Fight NJ Back Bay Flooding

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The federal government will recommend flood control measures including storm surge barriers, floodwalls, and elevating homes and other buildings in a report later this year on combating back bay flooding, a major problem in …

Amid Rising Seas, ‘Dry’ Resort is Wetter Than it Likes

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — Ocean City, New Jersey is officially a “dry” town. In 1879, four Methodist ministers established a Christian seaside resort here with a permanent ban on the manufacture and sale of alcohol — a prohibition that …

Efforts in Cedar Rapids Prompt Drop in Flood Insurance Rates

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — When the Cedar River flooded over 10 square miles of the city in 2008, few property owners had flood insurance _ slowing recovery for residents and business owners as they waited for resources from the …

Analysis: Mississippi Flood-Control Fight Unresolved as Trump Departs

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers and environmentalists have been arguing for decades over proposals for a massive federal flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta. The fight is continuing into a new presidential administration. Four conservation groups are suing the …

EPA Says Flood Control Project Not Subject to Previous Veto

JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not object to a revised proposal for a massive flood-control project to pump water from parts of the Mississippi Delta, a regional administrator for the agency says. That’s significant because the …

Advisory Group Urges Better Flood Protection in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s levees need to be strengthened and repaired, especially in rural areas hit hard by prolonged flooding in 2019, according to an advisory group appointed by Gov. Mike Parson. St. Louis Public Radio reported that the …

Mississippi River City Ponders a Wall it has Long Rejected

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Hundreds of communities line the Mississippi River on its 2,348-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, but Davenport, Iowa, stands out for the simple reason that people there can actually dip their toes in the river without …

Affected Nebraska Residents Get Bad News About Dam Failure

NIOBRARA, Neb. — People who suffered losses when the Spencer Dam failed in northern Nebraska have gotten more bad news: A state law limits the liability of the dam’s owner. Nebraska Public Power District, which owns the dam, has said …

Mississippi River Reaches Record Level in Northern Illinois

The Mississippi River has reached record high levels in the area of Rock Island, Illinois, as melting heavy snowpack coupled with rain has caused widespread flooding, a national hydrologist said on Friday. Heavy rain in the central United States brought …

The Missouri River Is Just Going to Keep On Flooding: Viewpoint

The Missouri River used to be out of control. “It cuts corners, runs around at nights, fills itself with snags and traveling sandbars, lunches on levees, and swallows islands and small villages for dessert,” is how the humorist George Fitch …