Latest Floods News

17 years post-Katrina, New Orleans-area protections complete

May. 27, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Seventeen years after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers has completed an extensive system of floodgates, strengthened levees and other protections. The 130-mile (210-kilometer) ring is designed to hold out storm surge of about 30...

Heavy floods damage crops, cut off communities in Suriname

May. 27, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — (AP) — Widespread flooding in the South American country of Suriname has isolated communities, devastated crops and shuttered schools and businesses, according to authorities. Heavy rains in recent days battered the country’s interior and southern...

People in Brazil's Amazon rainforest again reel from floods

May. 23, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

IRANDUBA, Brazil (AP) — For the second straight year, inhabitants of Brazil's Amazon rainforest are being overwhelmed by flooding, with hundreds of thousands of people already affected by waters that are still rising. Heavy rainfall in the Amazon over the past two years is...

New floods in eastern South Africa displace more than 300

May. 23, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 300 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of renewed heavy rains, flooding and mudslides in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, weeks after severe flooding killed more than 400 people and displaced more than 40,000 others. The new...

Heavy rain floods parts of India, Bangladesh

May. 23, 2022 07:57 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Pre-monsoon deluges have flooded parts of India and Bangladesh, killing at least 24 people in recent weeks and sending 90,000 people into shelters, authorities said Monday. Both heavily populated nations in South Asia are prone to frequent floods and are...

Parris Island wages battles, not war, against climate change

May. 21, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Rising seas are encroaching on one of America’s most storied military installations, where thousands of recruits are molded into Marines each year amid the salt marshes of South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island...

Ex-deputy gets 18 years after detainees drown in locked van

May. 19, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a cage in the back was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. A Marion County...

National Guard to help with northeastern Minnesota flooding

May. 19, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday activated the National Guard to help control record flooding in areas of northeastern Minnesota. Emergency management officials in St. Louis and Koochiching counties requested the assistance to deal with high water caused by heavy...

High winds hit Germany as storm moves in; floods feared

May. 19, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Gusts of wind of up to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) hit areas in western and northwestern Germany on Thursday after the national weather service warned that heavy storms could bring the possibility of tornadoes. Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia,...

Marshall University opens up thrift store to flood victims

May. 19, 2022 04:04 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is offering items in its thrift store free of charge to area flood victims affected by recent high water. The campus store in Huntington will be open to flood victims from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Monday. Several inches of...