Bomb cyclone storm hammering central US, disrupting travel

U.S. 04/10/19, 20:24

Blizzard warnings were posted from Colorado to Minnesota on Wednesday and wildfires were a concern in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as the second so-called "bomb cyclone" storm in less than a month hit the central U.S., raising the prospect of renewed flooding in the already drenched Midwest. Heavy snow disrupted ...

Flooding forces evacuations for 2nd day in Oregon

U.S. 04/09/19, 17:51

About 500 people remained evacuated Tuesday from their homes in Oregon after record-breaking rain that shut down roads and forced officials to close schools in the hardest-hit communities.The evacuations followed moderate flooding Sunday night and Monday along the Coast Fork of the Willamette and Row rivers near Eugene, The Register-Guard ...

Impoverished Pine Ridge reservation braces for more flooding

U.S. 04/09/19, 15:21

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the nation, is bracing for another major winter storm and the prospect of renewed flooding that is also forecast to hit a wide swath of the Plains and Midwest just a month after the last weather ...

For some river towns, flood protection is simply too costly

U.S. 04/08/19, 12:18

The window of the Bee Naturals bath-and-body shop offers a view out of a Mark Twain novel: The sprawling Mississippi River at one of its widest points lapping against a small-town Missouri waterfront as barges float by and eagles dart in the air above.But with a major flood receding and ...

Proposed pump project in Mississippi has bipartisan support

U.S. 04/05/19, 14:19

A Democratic congressman who represents the Mississippi Delta reiterated his support Friday for a flood control and drainage project that the Trump administration says it might revive more than a decade after another Republican administration killed it. Rep. Bennie Thompson told The Associated Press that a massive pump project could be ...

UN: Climate disasters imperil Bangladesh kids’ lives, future

World 04/04/19, 20:32

The lives and futures of more than 19 million Bangladeshi children are at risk from the colossal impact of devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change, according to a report by the United Nations children's agency released Friday.The UNICEF report said the estimate includes hundreds of ...

Drinking water problems linger long after flooding

U.S. 04/04/19, 16:11

Several communities along the Missouri River continue to struggle to restore drinking water service weeks after massive flooding swept through the area.People who live in the affected Nebraska and Iowa towns have had to adjust to boiling water before drinking it or relying on bottled water while officials work to ...

Creeping floodwaters threaten Washington’s cherry blossoms

U.S. 04/03/19, 15:50

Washington's cherry blossom season has gone well this year, thanks to warm weather that has coincided perfectly with the annual blooming that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each spring.But officials are claiming that Washington's iconic trees are under a looming threat that requires emergency action.Decades of wear and tear ...

US officials to meet governors amid flood management gripes

U.S. 04/03/19, 15:16

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials were set to meet Wednesday with the governors of four flood-ravaged Midwestern states amid criticism of the federal agency for its management of swollen waterways.Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, all Republicans, and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, ...

Update: California dam’s rebuilt spillway to be reused

U.S. 04/02/19, 11:56

The Latest on the first use of the nation's tallest dam in two years (all times local):9:55 a.m.California officials say they will start letting water out of the nation's tallest dam into the newly-rebuilt spillway Tuesday for the first time in two years.This Feb. 20, 2019, photo shows the Oroville ...

1st use of California dam’s rebuilt spillway anticipated

U.S. 04/02/19, 00:05

Water will rush down the rebuilt spillway at the nation's tallest dam for the first time since it crumbled in heavy rain two years ago and drove hundreds of thousands of California residents from their homes over fears of catastrophic flooding.The state Department of Water Resources said it anticipated releasing ...

More rain causes new flood worries along the Mississippi

U.S. 04/01/19, 11:30

A wall of rocks and sandbags is protecting scenic Clarksville, Missouri, from the surging Mississippi River as spring flooding swamps fields, threatens homes and temporarily shut down a bridge connecting Missouri and Illinois.Heavy rain over much of the Midwest on Saturday caused another spike in water levels along the river ...

Wisconsin officials warn of predatory contractors

Business 03/29/19, 12:50

Wisconsin consumer protection officials are warning victims of recent flooding to be wary of predatory contractors who use low-quality material or fail to finish repair work.Transient contractors look to take advantage of homeowners affected by flooding or other natural disasters, Lara Sutherlin, a division administrator for the state Department of ...

As flood looms, North Dakota’s largest city back to bagging

U.S. 03/29/19, 11:58

North Dakota's largest city is back in the sandbag-filling business with a new crop of volunteers after a five-year break from warding off major Red River floods.Fargo officials this week reactivated Sandbag Central, converting a building that normally houses garbage trucks into a systematic operation combining machinery and manpower to ...

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