Latest Floods News

New Mexico tribe to get more federal disaster help

Nov. 11, 2019 10:48 PM EST

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say a New Mexico tribe will see an increase in federal disaster aid as it continues to recover from flooding that occurred several years ago. A significant portion of Santa Clara Pueblo's watershed was wiped out by wildfire in 2011 and the flooding that...

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Flooding once again closes road to Louisiana wildlife refuge

Nov. 11, 2019 4:08 AM EST

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — High water levels have forced the main road into a Louisiana wildlife refuge to close, days after it reopened for the first time since 2016. The Advocate reported Sunday that access to the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge in St. Francisville has been limited since flooding...

Seward seeks upgrades for antiquated flood-control system

Nov. 10, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Every fall, heavy storms test Seward's antiquated flood-control system, leading to fears of a major disaster should it finally fail after nearly eight decades of diverting a fast-moving creek away from its historical route through town. Officials say a tunnel that carries flood...

Dozens of New England dams a safety risk, in need of repair

Nov. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Merrymeeting Lake is like so many others in the New Hampshire woods, a bucolic summer getaway of cabins and second homes where vacationers sail, swim and fish. Like dozens of other lakes in the state, it also has a problem that is hidden from most of the people who come to enjoy it....

Investigation: 26 high-hazard Kansas dams in poor condition

Nov. 10, 2019 8:51 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly a century ago, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a large dam near Augusta to supply water for the steam locomotives that at the time were chugging across the dusty Kansas prairie. Today the aging Santa Fe Lake Dam is considered a high-hazard dam because of its...

Floods become UK election issue as parties spar over funding

Nov. 9, 2019 11:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British political leaders swapped blame Saturday over floods that have drenched parts of England as the deluge became an issue in the campaign for the Dec. 12 election. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited areas of south Yorkshire in northern England that were soaked by...

More than $1M in US loans aid Granite City flood recovery

Nov. 9, 2019 9:12 AM EST

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Officials in Granite City say more than $1 million in relief has been distributed to homeowners and businesses hit by August's freak flood event. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the city has handed out the money in low-interest, long-term loans from the U.S. Small...

$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

Nov. 8, 2019 5:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year's hurricanes. Nearly half that money will go to Florida, where timber farmers suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael came ashore in October...

Torrential rain in England kills 1; floods streets

Nov. 8, 2019 1:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A woman died after being swept away by surging waters as torrential rain drenched parts of north and central England, swelling rivers, forcing evacuations and disrupting travel for a second day Friday. In the city of Sheffield, 140 miles (228 kms) north of London, the River Don overflowed...