Latest Floods News

Volunteers demolish homes damaged by months of flooding

Dec. 8, 2019 11:03 AM EST

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Military veterans are demolishing homes in the Mississippi Delta that were damaged by months of flooding. Volunteers from an organization called Team Rubicon started working Wednesday in the Eagle Lake area north of Vicksburg, where the Yazoo backwater flood began in February and...

Venice tide barriers pass another test but skeptics remain

Dec. 7, 2019 12:54 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Floated along by barge , one of the 10-ton barriers designed to relieve Venice’s perennial flooding looks like a giant plaything: an oversized hinged yellow Lego. Central to the plan to protect the city, some or all of the 78 barriers will one day be raised when the sea rises...

Flooding leaves small Missouri city with dozens of sinkholes

Dec. 6, 2019 3:12 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of sinkholes, some up to 12 feet deep, are dotting the landscape in the small southeastern Missouri city of Caruthersville, forcing road detours, swallowing sections of people's yards and leaving city leaders scrambling to make repairs. Months of flooding along the Mississippi River...

FEMA takes $12,400 check back from Missouri flood victim

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The washer and dryer are still in Larry Whetsel's living room, where they landed after floating out of his kitchen. The water line left by the Missouri River, across the warped, cracked walls, is level with his shoulders. Pieces of furniture, some made by his father, lay in a...

Schools closed day after flooding shuts major highway

Dec. 5, 2019 7:39 PM EST

CHUALAR, Calif. (AP) — Several schools remain closed Thursday in Northern California town after heavy rain led to flooding on a major highway in Monterey County, officials said. Several roads near Gonzalez Unified School District schools were closed a day after a heavy downpour led to a six-hour closure...

Amount of water released into Missouri River being reduced

Dec. 5, 2019 4:58 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River is being reduced ahead of winter, so flooded areas along the river will get some relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border...

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

Drain company owner gets 2 years in deaths of employees

Dec. 5, 2019 12:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of a Massachusetts drain company who was found responsible for the deaths of two of his workers in a trench collapse three years ago was sentenced Thursday to two years in jail. Kevin Otto, however, was allowed by a judge to remain free for at least a few more weeks pending the...

Mom who drove over flooded bridge charged with murder

Dec. 5, 2019 11:33 AM EST

BROWNSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities have filed a murder charge against a Kentucky mother who they say had meth and marijuana in her system when she drove over a flooded bridge and her toddler died. News outlets report Alexandra Richardson, 28, was arrested Wednesday at the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office....

Authorities say at least 28 killed in landslides in Burundi

Dec. 5, 2019 10:55 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 28 people have died in landslides in Burundi and that toll could grow with many people missing, local authorities said Thursday, as East Africa continued to struggle with weeks of unusually heavy rains. A local official in Mugina commune, Desire Ndagijimana told The...