Latest Floods News

Michigan's record-high water levels collide with coronavirus

Apr. 4, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Officials in Michigan are warning that efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic could have a serious impact on relief and repairs during what is expected to be another tumultuous spring flooding season. High water levels are expected to cause severe flooding, shoreline erosion, and road and...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Mississippi River flood water surrounds a home built on high ground outside of West Alton, Mo. With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during last year's devastating floods remain vulnerable to high water. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

Corps: Some levees damaged in 2019 still vulnerable

Mar. 31, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during devastating floods last spring remain vulnerable to high water. The National Weather Service has said Nebraska, Iowa,...

Dozens still without power after severe weather hits Ohio

Mar. 30, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A few hundred utility customers remained without power early Monday after severe weather spawned what forecasters called a “100-year flood" in Cleveland and led to a number of water rescues. Meanwhile, flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service remained in place for some...

Detroit to install temporary dams to prevent flooding

Mar. 30, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Temporary dams are planned for parts of Detroit’s east side to prevent neighborhood and basement flooding caused by rising water levels in the Detroit River. Installation of the dams is expected to start this week along the river and canal seawalls, city officials said. The $2 million...

Severe weather spawns '100-year flood' in Cleveland

Mar. 29, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say severe weather in Ohio has spawned what forecasters are calling a “100-year flood" in Cleveland and led to a number of water rescues. Cleveland firefighters say a man was rescued from the basement of an apartment building on the city's East Side. WOIO-TV reports that...

Severe weather prompts flood, thunderstorm, tornado warnings

Mar. 28, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Severe weather in parts of western Pennsylvania prompted flood warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings — and for a time a tornado warning. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Saturday afternoon for parts of Beaver, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Lawrence, Butler,...

Reeves announces disaster aid for February severe weather

Mar. 27, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi businesses and residents who were hurt by Pearl River flooding in February are now eligible to receive disaster assistance. Gov. Tate Reeves, in a news release Thursday, said the U.S. Small Business Administration approved his request to make low-interest loans available...

Mild winter reduces springtime flood risk in New England

Mar. 26, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

A mild winter is giving emergency management officials one less thing to worry about: The spring flooding risk is reduced in New England. There's a lower-than-average risk of ice jams causing river backups and flooding in most of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the National Weather Service said. There's still...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Mar. 25, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ March 25 The Columbus Dispatch on balancing public health and the economy: There is, of late, much talk about the cure being worse than the problem when it comes to the nation's response to the COVID-19 virus. In the simplest terms, it's a question of whether the...