Mississippi River News

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 …

Drones, Supercomputers and Sonar Deployed Against Floods

About the photo: In this March 21, file photo, Whitney Flynn, a physical scientist at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., works on computer screens showing flood predictions and other information. An arsenal of new technology is being put …

Extreme Storm Bringing Heavy Snow and Howling Winds to U.S.

About the photo: A woman takes a selfie in front of Cloud Gate, known as the Bean, during a snow storm in Chicago on Feb. 9, 2018. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg A potentially record-breaking storm is squeezing the warmth from spring …

Record U.S. Flood Threat to Last Through Spring

The deluge that devastated so much of the Midwest over the last week could be a preview for one of the worst years for flooding in the U.S., according to federal weather officials. Now flooding is occurring at St. Joseph, …

Bulging Rivers Spread in Midwest as Snow Adds to Flood Danger

The deluge that devastated so much of Nebraska is now moving downstream to threaten cities in Missouri and Kansas as the flood bulge makes its way toward the Mississippi River. Major flooding is occurring at St. Joseph, Missouri, with waters …

Mississippi River Closed at New Orleans After Oil Spill

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remained closed at New Orleans on Monday following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil spilling from a barge. Authorities involved in the cleanup and investigation planned a Monday morning conference call …

Cities Sued Over Fatal Mississippi River Bridge Accident

Two lawsuits have been filed against the cities of Vidalia, La., and Natchez, Miss., along with various other agencies in connection with a fatal Mississippi River bridge traffic accident. The Natchez Democrat reports that the accident happened Dec. 15 of …

Parents File Civil Suit Against Iowa Boat Operators

The parents of an Iowa man killed in a Mississippi River boating crash filed the first of what could be several civil lawsuits against the boat operators. The Burlington Hawk Eye reported Friday that Des Moines attorney Alfredo Parrish filed …

Part of Mississippi River Closed to Salvage Sunken Tug

The Coast Guard says it has closed a section of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans, La., so a tugboat that sank over the weekend can be salvaged. Spokesman Jonathan Lally says a mile-long stretch of the river was …

Mississippi River Crests Not Expected to Cause Flooding

New forecasts show the Mississippi River is unlikely to cause major flooding as it crests during coming weeks in Mississippi and Louisiana. Readings Monday showed the river is slightly above the 41-foot flood stage at the Tunica River Park in …