levees News

Corps of Engineers Considers Nature-Based Flood Control

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test …

Ida v. Katrina in New Orleans: Fewer People, Better Levees, Smaller Storm Surge

Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 made landfall within 50 miles of one other and each carried 150 mph winds at one point, but the amount of death and destruction caused by the two storms was vastly different because …

Lincoln Considers Steps to Avoid Flooding

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln’s defenses against Salt Creek flooding will face a stiffer test against heavier rains in the future, a study commissioned by the city found. The city installed the Salt Creek levee system in the 1960s to …

After Floods, Eureka, Region Rethink River Management

EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — Kathy Butler now keeps waders, rubber boots and water pumps in her law office. The old brick building on South Central Avenue wasn’t in the flood plain in the 1980s. But it is now. In 2015, …

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 …

Her Car Was Crushed In Hurricane Zeta, Days After She Moved

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Looking back, there’s always that fateful moment. Coming home with hurricane supplies a few hours before Hurricane Zeta struck, Kimberly Laque parked her 1997 Honda CRV in front of Z’otz Cafe, about 30 feet back from …

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 …

Western Iowa Community Finds Flood Recovery a Long Process

HORNICK, Iowa — For a year now, every time Bob Nelson hears a flood watch has been issued, he’s up and out the door, no matter the time of day, checking on creeks and the West Fork of the Little …

Tropical Storm Barry Set to Dump Two Feet of Rain on Louisiana

The leading edge of Tropical Storm Barry’s wind and rain is reaching Louisiana, where communities including New Orleans are bracing for a downpour that threatens to inundate already-high waterways. As much as 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain could fall …

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 …