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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 …

Omaha Officials Reevaluate Flood-Control Measures

OMAHA, Neb. — Officials in the Omaha area are reevaluating the city’s flood-control measures, shortly after heavy rains caused dozens of counties and cities in the state to declare a state of emergency. A flash flood event caused by heavy …

Work Starts on 134 Houston-Area Flood-Control Projects after Harvey

Crews are working on 134 flood control projects as parts of a $2.5 billion bond program approved by Houston-area voters last year in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, officials announced Thursday. Another 103 projects are on the drawing board _ …

Houston Marks Harvey Anniversary With Flood Control Vote

Voters in Houston and its surrounding county were marking Saturday’s anniversary of Hurricane Harvey coming ashore by deciding whether to approve the issuance of $2.5 billion in bonds to fund flood control projects that might mitigate the damage caused by …

After Harvey, Texas Man Builds Residential Levee

After Hurricane Harvey inundated David Bush’s home with 20 inches of rain, he knew he wanted to rebuild but was worried about how his property could be protected from the next big storm. So Bush came up with a solution …

Input Sought Before Houston-Area Flood Control Bond Vote

Officials in the Texas county hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey announced Wednesday they will seek the public’s input before finalizing a list of critical flood-control projects voters will be asked to approve during an estimated $2.5 billion bond referendum. Harris …