Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

May. 18, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there's not much barge traffic this year. That's because...

Dragging levee repairs leave riverside communities stressed

May. 15, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Communities that were flooded when levees failed along the Missouri River earlier this spring will likely remain exposed to high water for months to come, leaving displaced residents wondering when — or if — they will be able to return and rebuild their homes. The U.S. Army...

Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

May. 14, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone's guess. Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming...

Missouri River causes new problems in areas levees broke

May. 10, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri River is causing new problems in a flood-battered part of northwest Missouri where the river broke through levees in March. The rain-swollen waterway has again inundated the tiny village of Big Lake in Holt County, where some of its approximately 160 residents were...

The Latest: New record predicted in inland Mississippi flood

May. 10, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest and South (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Officials are days away from re-closing a floodgate in Mississippi, with predictions issued Friday that a flood inside a region walled off by levees will set a new record. The lingering flood makes it unlikely...

Officials seek to open major spillway on Mississippi River

May. 9, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Army Corps of Engineers officials in Louisiana aim to open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans on Tuesday for an unprecedented second time in one year. "It's an unprecedented amount of water that's coming down," David Ramirez, chief of water management for the Corps' New...

The Latest: Tuesday likely reopening for Louisiana spillway

May. 9, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on high Mississippi River (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The Army Corps of Engineers says it wants to open a historic Mississippi River flood control channel above New Orleans on Tuesday for an unprecedented second time in one year. That's less than five weeks after the Bonnet...

Great Lakes water levels surge, some record highs predicted

May. 6, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Water levels are surging in the Great Lakes and likely will set records this summer, forecasters said Monday — a remarkable turnaround from earlier this decade that's bringing welcome relief to shippers and marina owners, but causing flooding and heavy erosion in some...

Trial to determine if government liable for Harvey flooding

May. 6, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Residents seeking compensation after their Houston-area homes and businesses were flooded by two federally owned reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey say authorities knew for decades that such an inundation was inevitable but did nothing to prevent it, an attorney for the property owners said...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

Apr. 29, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp. Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that...