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Viewpoint: Nature-Based Flood Mitigation Can Help Mississippi River Farmers

The 2019 flooding of the Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas Rivers in the United States impacted 19 states and caused $20 billion in losses. Waters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana stayed above flood levels for 211 days, longer than any flood in …

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 …

Hoboken Gets Boost for Park that Will Also Hold Floodwaters

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Hoboken, one of the areas in New Jersey hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, is making progress toward completing a large public park that will double as a reservoir for nearly 2 million gallons of storm water to …

How Draining the Reservoir Can Help Mitigate Flooding

Persistent rains have been pounding the Southeast, and a week ago, the Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi, spilled over its banks, submerging a dozen city blocks in several feet of water. The river had crested at 36.7 feet—its third-highest level …

Galveston Reconsiders Drainage Master Plan

More intense rain and higher sea levels are prompting Galveston officials to deviate from a drainage master plan written in 2003 by rethinking their approach to system improvements and requiring developers to meet more stringent drainage requirements. The Galveston County …

Wisconsin Counties Plan Fix for 2018 Flood Damage

Two neighboring counties in southern Wisconsin are taking steps to address last year’s widespread flooding that drenched streets, damaged homes and caused lakes to spill over. Dane County has budgeted more than $18 million this year to go toward flood …

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 …

Harvey-Related Flood Control Projects’ Fate Remains Unclear

Large-scale projects long considered essential to easing Houston’s flooding woes went to the top of the area’s to-do list after Hurricane Harvey inundated large swaths of the nation’s fourth-largest city. Seven months later, local officials are still looking for funding …

Flood-Prone New Hampshire Town Looks for Ways to Mitigate Damage

Standing on his front porch last Sunday afternoon, Michael Fogarty pointed to the hills and mountains that surround Canaan Village. From each of those high points, he said, water makes its way down to Mirror Lake Brook, Orange Brook or …

Superstorm Sandy’s Impact on Flood Risk Assessment, Mitigation 5 Years Later

It’s been five years since Superstorm Sandy caused widespread devastation to the East Coast, causing an estimated $18.75 billion in insured property losses at the time, according to ISO’s Property Claim Services (PCS). In an interview with Claims Journal, Marc …