Latest Floods News

Piles of household debris line Valley Drive in Midland, Michigan, on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The Central Michigan city, known for its midcentury modern architecture, was submerged after torrential rains overwhelmed two dams. Architecture enthusiasts worry how extensively the structures were damaged. (AP Photo/Tammy Webber)

Flooded Michigan city is midcentury architecture mecca

May. 30, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Christopher Jue knew he was home the moment he and his wife stepped inside the sprawling 62-year-old ranch with brick floors, a sunken living room and built-in desks, shelves and bureaus — hallmarks of an Alden B. Dow original. “To say it was a no-brainer is an...

Historical society raising funds for flood-damaged museums

May. 30, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Historical Society of Michigan is working to raise funds through a GoFundMe campaign for museums damaged by flooding caused by heavy rains that preceded the failures of two dams in the Midland area. Money raised by the campaign will go toward preserving and restoring damaged...

Flooding forces officials to reopen road closed by mudslide

May. 29, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia road closed by a mudslide had to be reopened after a flood inundated the detour, transportation officials said. A stretch of U.S. 460 just west of Narrows and about five miles from the West Virginia state line has been fully closed since Saturday, a day after a mudslide...

Flash flooding in Kansas City area traps drivers in vehicles

May. 29, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police and rescue crews responded to dozens of reports Thursday of drivers becoming trapped in their vehicles across the Kansas City area by flash flooding following heavy rains. The flooding hit low-lying streets, including parts of Westport, as the National Weather Service issued...

2019 NYSAPA news and broadcast contest winners announced

May. 28, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York State Associated Press Association on Thursday announced the winners of its awards contest for stories broadcast, printed or posted online in 2019. Thirty-three newspapers submitted 715 entries and 46 television and radio stations submitted 578 entries in the contest. The...

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers a brief update on the dam breach and flooding throughout mid-Michigan counties at Meridian Elementary School in Sanford on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

May. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

West Bloomfield, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of...

A man rides a bicycle while holding an umbrella as rain from Tropical Storm Bertha flooded a few streets in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Matthew Fortner/The Post And Courier via AP)

Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast, dissipates in a day

May. 27, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast Wednesday, forming, making landfall within two hours and was downgraded before sundown, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems. Forecasters expected the bad weather, but didn't predict it to...

Forecasters warn of flood threat in southern West Virginia

May. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Parts of southern West Virginia are under the threat of heavy rains from a tropical system. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through early Thursday for Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe and Summers counties. Downpours could cause flooding on ground still saturated...

Heavy rains cause flooded streets in South Florida

May. 26, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — South Florida streets flooded Tuesday following several days of heavy rains and thunderstorms. The National Weather Service in Miami issued flash flood warnings in parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties that were set to last into the night. Tuesday morning started off sunny after nearly...

Brief tornado hits Johnston; wind causes fire in E. Iowa

May. 26, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A tornado briefly touched down Monday evening in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston, uprooting trees and damaging traffic signals. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado Tuesday and noted that another severe storm caused a 67 mph wind gust in Newton, east of Des Moines. The...