Flood-damaged Air Force base near Omaha reopens runway

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

A spokesman says a flood-damaged U.S. Air Force base in Nebraska has returned to full operation after its runway was deemed safe.Offutt Air Force Base spokesman Drew Nystrom said Friday that an assessment team also determined the flooding didn't damage taxiways at the base, where water inundated nearly 80 buildings ...

Flooding prompts criticism of way Missouri River dams run

U.S. 03/28/19, 19:36

After this spring's massive flooding along the Missouri River, many want to blame the agency that manages the river's dams for making the disaster worse, but it may not be that simple. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says much of the water that created the flooding came from rain and ...

Flooding forces evacuations on South Dakota reservation

U.S. 03/28/19, 15:49

Record-breaking flooding has forced dozens of people on a South Dakota reservation to evacuate and ranchers were working Thursday to get their livestock to higher ground while waiting for a river to crest.High water from the Moreau River is threatening about 50 residences in an 8-mile (12.8-kilometer) stretch between White ...

UN report: Extreme weather hit 62 million people in 2018

Science 03/28/19, 13:01

The United Nations' weather agency says extreme weather last year hit 62 million people worldwide and forced 2 million people to relocate, as man-made climate change worsened.The World Meteorological Organization's annual state of global climate report says Earth is nearly 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) warmer than when the ...

EPA: No toxic releases at Superfund sites in flooded Midwest

Enviroment 03/27/19, 20:56

Flooding in the Midwest temporarily cut off a Superfund site in Nebraska that stores radioactive waste and explosives, inundated another one storing toxic chemical waste in Missouri, and limited access to others, federal regulators said Wednesday.The Environmental Protection Agency reported no releases of hazardous contaminants at any of eight toxic ...

Air Force says it needs $4.9 billion in disaster relief

Politics 03/27/19, 12:09

The Air Force said on Wednesday that it needs $4.9 billion in extra funding over the next three years to rebuild and repair two key bases heavily damaged by natural disasters. "We desperately need the supplemental funding," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said, citing hurricane damage to Tyndall Air Force Base ...

Update: EPA assessing Superfund sites in flooded areas

U.S. 03/26/19, 19:30

The Latest on flooding throughout the Midwest (all times local):7:25 p.m.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is assessing two Superfund sites located in areas that have seen overwhelming floods in recent weeks.In this Monday, March 25, 2019 photo, tribal employees bring water, to elders and others who were stranded ...

Flooding hits South Dakota American Indian reservation hard

U.S. 03/26/19, 15:26

Flooding that has hit parts of the Midwest hard has nearly paralyzed an American Indian reservation in southern South Dakota, swamping roads, trapping people in homes and cutting off water supplies to thousands.The situation on the sprawling Pine Ridge Reservation was improving Tuesday, but two weeks of severe flooding could ...

Flooding poses potential risk for 1 million private wells

Enviroment 03/26/19, 13:51

More than 1 million private wells that supply drinking water in mostly rural parts of the Midwest could face the risk of contamination from floodwater, posing a health concern that could linger long after the flooding subsides. Major flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and several smaller waterways has inundated ...

Mississippi falling, Corps closing spillway near New Orleans

U.S. 03/26/19, 12:12

The Mississippi River is falling at New Orleans and crews have begun closing a historic flood control structure that diverts the river's water into a brackish lake, the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday.The process could take about 10 days to two weeks if the weather remains good, Corps spokesman ...

Flooding damage extensive in Midwest and more rain forecast

U.S. 03/25/19, 17:15

Floodwaters are receding across most of the hard-hit Midwest, but there could be new problems if the forecast for significant rain later this week holds up. Already the flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries has caused at least $3 billion damage and forced thousands from their homes as ...

2 bodies in garbage truck pulled from flooded river

U.S. 03/25/19, 13:21

Authorities say they've found the bodies of two men whose garbage truck was found in a flooded South Dakota river.The men were last seen Thursday driving away from a landfill in Mitchell. Crews spotted a damaged guardrail Saturday on a highway along the James River and later found the truck.The ...

2 missing after truck enters flooded South Dakota river

U.S. 03/24/19, 18:38

Authorities in South Dakota are searching for two men missing after a garbage truck went into a flooded river.Searchers returned Sunday to the James River about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Mitchell, South Dakota. KELO-TV reports the men have been missing since Thursday. Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley says authorities ...

Mozambican families hunt for loved ones separated by cyclone

World 03/24/19, 04:42

She struggled home with food, her small daughter and the proof she was still alive.Veronica Fatia huddled on a wooden boat that left the cyclone-shattered city of Beira for what was now the unknown: the flooded town of Buzi, which for a week people had been fleeing with little but ...

Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for months

U.S. 03/23/19, 17:09

Even as floodwaters receded in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, experts warned Saturday that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the relief may only be temporary. Rainfall and some snowmelt spurred flooding in recent weeks that's blamed in three deaths so far, with two men ...

Update: President Trump grants Iowa disaster declaration

U.S. 03/23/19, 17:04

The Latest on the flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says President Donald Trump has granted her request for an expedited disaster declaration for 56 counties with damage from recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state. The declaration makes assistance available ...

Update: Flood levels reached record in 3 towns

U.S. 03/22/19, 16:06

The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4 p.m. This year's round of Midwestern flooding is the worst ever at three locations in Nebraska. National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Low said during a conference call Friday that the Missouri River reached record levels at Plattsmouth, Nebraska City and Brownville. It ...

More towns evacuate amid flooding on Missouri River

U.S. 03/22/19, 10:24

More towns are evacuating as the flooded Missouri River seeps over and through busted levees.The National Weather Service says the river is expected to crest Friday at levels just short of those reached during historic 1993 flooding in Atchison, Kansas, and St. Joseph, Missouri.About 1,200 residents of the Kansas town ...

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