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Crews work to replace drainage pipes at the Oktibbeha County Lake dam in Starkville, Miss., as heavy rains cause water levels to rise, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had once again reached a critical level just weeks after heavy rains caused a mudslide that put the earthen dam in danger of failing. (Ryan Phillips/The Starkville Daily News via AP)

Hill collapses, roads flooded, dam eroded by Southern rains

Feb. 11, 2020 7:39 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Tennessee hillside collapsed, roads were flooded and rivers were rising across the Southeast on Tuesday after a day of heavy rains that once again threatened a Mississippi lake where a dam previously was in danger of failing. The National Weather Service said minor to moderate...

FILE - In this  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 file photo, State Sen. Frank Ginn, R-Danielsville, speaks to audience members during a post legislative conversation at the Athens Country Club in Athens, Ga. Georgia could soon loosen safety standards for dams that sit above newly built homes, under a proposal unanimously passed by a state Senate committee. Senate Bill 319 would allow for homes and other inhabitable structures to be built in a dam’s inundation zone _ the area that would be flooded if the dam fails _ without causing the dam to be recategorized and required to meet higher safety standards. (John Roark/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Georgia Senate panel approves new dam regulations

Feb. 7, 2020 7:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia could soon loosen safety standards for dams that sit above newly built homes, under a proposal unanimously passed by a state Senate committee. Senate Bill 319 would allow for homes and other inhabitable structures to be built in a dam’s inundation zone — the area that...

A relative of a victim cries during a tribute to those who died in the dam disaster last year in Brumadinho city, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Saturday, Jan.25, 2020. The wave of mud and debris that on Jan. 25, 2019 buried the equivalent of 300 soccer pitches and killed 270 people, continues to barrel over residents' minds, the local economy and the environment, one year later. (AP Photo/Gustavo Andrade)

One year on, Brazilian city haunted by deadly dam collapse

Jan. 25, 2020 11:40 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like she has so many other nights, Ana María Gomes is awakened by the cries of her husband and tries to calm him as he shouts for help from his mine coworkers. She convinces him the dam collapse that devastated their city of Brumadinho and killed at least 270 people happened a...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 file photo, rescue workers in a helicopter search a flooded area after a dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil. Prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais said Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 they will present charges against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals in connection with the dam collapse last January that killed more than 200 people. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil prosecutors charge Vale, individuals in dam disaster

Jan. 21, 2020 5:34 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals alleging intentional homicide and environmental crimes in connection with a mine dam collapse that killed more than 250 people a year ago. Among those charged were...

Pumps acquired to help drain lake, ease pressure on dam

Jan. 18, 2020 5:30 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Pumps to help take some of the pressure off a dam that's perilously close to failing are on site to help drain Oktibbeha County Lake. The pumps arrived Friday after a contract for their rental was agreed upon with Birmingham, Alabama-based Herc Rentals, The Starkville Daily News...

Darkening skies surround the Oktibbeha County Lake near Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The rain-swollen lake is keeping heavy pressure on a dam that is in danger of failing, state and local officials said Wednesday. A breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

Jan. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Authorities worked to lower the level of a rain-swollen lake in rural north Mississippi on Wednesday, hoping to avoid the failure of a dam amid forecasts of more rain. An inspection of the earthen dam in Oktibbeha County on Tuesday led to warnings that it was in danger of failing...

County officials work on the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, near Starkville, Miss., after County Engineer Clyde Pritchard warned the dam's failure was imminent. Emergency management officials in one Mississippi county say heavy rains could cause a failure in the dam at Oktibbeha County Lake and they're urging residents near there to evacuate as a precaution. (Brad Robertson/The Starkville Daily News via AP)

Officials: Dam at Mississippi lake could soon fail

Jan. 14, 2020 6:54 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Heavy rains could cause the failure of a dam in a rural northeastern Mississippi county as officials on Tuesday urged residents to evacuate as a precaution. Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency Director Kristen Campanella said the county engineer had inspected the...

Much of South under flood threat as rain drenches region

Jan. 3, 2020 9:34 AM EST

Flood watches and warnings covered much of the South on Friday as torrential rains were flooding roads and highways and filling rivers and streams close to their banks. The National Weather Service said early Friday that most of the flooding advisories covered parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee...

The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam stands in the Xingu River in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. With the start of full-scale operations three weeks ago, debate over its legacy, and whether its construction was worth local sacrifice, is coming into focus. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil’s Amazon mega-dam: broken promises for distant power

Dec. 18, 2019 8:48 AM EST

ALTAMIRA, Brazil (AP) — Edizangela Alves Barros believed that being forced to relocate to make way for a mammoth dam in Brazil’s Amazon would mean a brighter future for her family. Instead, their newly built settlement has more expensive electricity bills and intermittent public lighting -- a cruel...