Latest Dam breaches News

Corbin Boyce holds an American flag on the beach near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, as strong winds and rough waves from Hurricane Sally scour the shoreline. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

The Latest: Sally's winds increase to 90 mph

Sep. 16, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local): PENSACOLA, Fla. — Hurricane Sally is strengthening as it creeps toward Florida and Alabama. The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm's winds have increased to 90 mph (150 kph). Sally was centered about 65 miles (105...

SC urges owners to lower dam levels ahead of Hurricane Sally

Sep. 15, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina environmental officials are urging owners and operators of reservoirs across the state to be ready to handle potentially heavy rainfall in the coming days as Hurricane Sally makes landfall and drenches inland areas. The Department of Health and Environmental Control on...

Residents near flood-ravaged dams could be paying for years

Sep. 11, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

EDENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Residents who lost their lakes when dams collapsed in mid-Michigan could be getting expensive long-term bills to restore them. People near Wixom and Sanford lakes in Midland and Gladwin counties could pay thousands of dollars per year for 40 years, if that duration is allowed by the...

Funding OK'd for jobless benefit, flood costs, carp project

Sep. 8, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a budget bill that will fund a federal $300-a-week unemployment benefit, flood cleanup costs in the Midland area and Michigan's contribution toward a project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The $2.8 billion in spending is almost...

Michigan department publishes dam failure report

Sep. 1, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

LANSING, MI (AP) — What caused the dam failures in Midland that destroyed 150 homes and altered the natural landscape will likely not become completely clear for more than a year, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) said in a report released on Tuesday. The report...

Michigan House OKs spending on jobless benefits, flood costs

Sep. 1, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday began approving a budget bill that would authorize the federal government's supplemental $300-a-week unemployment benefit during the coronavirus pandemic and provide $6 million in state funding for costs related to devastating flooding in the Midland...

Flooding and heavy rainfall leave over 60 dead in Sudan

Aug. 16, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Flash floods have ravaged swaths of Sudan for weeks, leaving at least 60 people dead and destroying thousands of homes since late July, authorities and the U.N. humanitarian agency said Sunday. The flooding also injured two dozen people, and has destroyed or damaged more than 30,000 houses...

Michigan to assess remaining portion of failed dam

Aug. 10, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — State investigators and contractors will this week start assessing the remaining portion of a Michigan dam whose failure this spring contributed to millions of dollars in flood damage and destroyed more than 100 houses. The state said Monday that it is taking over the assessment after...

Vegetation thrives where a boat ramp once did at the Sanford Lake Marina, while erosion could threaten homes on the opposite shore of what was once Sanford Lake, July 30, 2020, near Sanford, Mich. Nature is returning to the dry beds of a string of mid-Michigan lakes that drained in May after two dams failed during torrential rains. (AP Photo/ Jeff McMillan)

Plants cropping up in lost Michigan lakes where dams failed

Aug. 8, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. But not always in a good way. “Shortly after the water receded, you could look out over the exposed bottom lands of the lake and it was like looking at...

Construction begins on dam broken in historic 2015 floods

Aug. 8, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Construction has begun to repair a historic dam nearly five years after it broke during the once-in-a-lifetime floods that swept through South Carolina in 2015. Lexington's Old Mill Pond has stood empty since the flooding broke the pond's earthen dam and disrupted nearby businesses....