levees News

Crews Assess Environmental Threats Flooding Leaves Behind

HAMBURG, Iowa — Driving along a deeply rutted levee, Heath Smith points to a basketball, picnic basket and pink Big Wheel. He drives past a massive porch. A boat and a semi’s missing trailer sit up ahead. He’s found a …

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 …

3 Midwest States Demand More Power over River after Floods

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Three Midwestern Republican governors of states ravaged by recent flooding on Wednesday demanded more authority over management of the Missouri River system. Following a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, …

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 …

California Flood Protection Means More Room for Rivers

After more than a century of building levees higher to hold back its rivers, California took another step Friday toward a flood-control policy that aims to give raging rivers more room to spread out instead. The plan, adopted by the …

Louisiana Parishes Want to Be Part of Levee Plan

Louisiana residents and parish officials are lobbying the Army Corps of Engineers to include Ascension and St. James parishes in a massive hurricane protection project. The Advocate reports the Army Corps met this past week with local interests as part …

Employment Didn’t Muzzle Fired Scientist in Hurricane Katrina Case

A federal judge rules that a scientist who said shoddy levee work caused Hurricane Katrina’s devastating floods wasn’t muzzled by his work for Louisiana State University because he wasn’t speaking as a school employee. Ivor van Heerden filed a whistleblower …

Corps: Mississippi River Flood Damaged Levees

The head of the group overseeing work by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says another floodway could be needed to relieve pressure on levees along the Mississippi River. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh told The Commercial Appeal that he’s not …