Latest Structural failures News

The Latest: Runaway barges cause 'minimal' damage to dam

May. 23, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States (all times local): 8 p.m. Army engineers say two runaway barges did "minimal" damage when they struck an Arkansas River dam. The barges, filled with 1,500 tons of fertilizer, swept down the flood-swollen river...

Runaway barges crash into Oklahoma dam and quickly sink

May. 23, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two unmanned barges that broke loose on the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma crashed into a dam hours later and sank Thursday, and they didn't cause the structure to fail, which officials feared might happen. The barges carrying about 3,800 pounds (1,725 kilograms) of phosphate...

Runaway barges threaten dam in another day of Midwest storms

May. 23, 2019 3:00 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two barges broke loose and floated swiftly down the swollen Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma on Wednesday, spreading alarm downstream as they threatened to hit a dam. The emergency was the latest consequence of storms and torrential rains that have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas...

The Latest: Tornadoes move through southwest Missouri towns

May. 23, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on storm damage in the Southern Plains and Midwest (all times local): 10 p.m. Tornadoes have touched down near Joplin, Missouri, on the eighth anniversary of a massive twister that devastated the city and killed 161 people there. Jasper County Emergency Management Director...

Missouri, Kansas clean up from latest round of storms

May. 22, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of Missouri and Kansas are cleaning up from severe storms that churned up tornadoes and caused renewed flooding concerns. River levels were again rising Wednesday along rivers and creeks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that about 50 levees will be overtopped. Earlier...

At least 3 killed in China building collapse

May. 20, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least three people were killed and four others buried in the collapse of a building in southern China on Monday, authorities said. Framework surrounding a bar in the city of Baise in Guangxi province gave way at around 1 a.m., trapping or injuring almost 100 people. The local government...

8 people trapped in flooded mine in China's northeast

May. 17, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say eight people remain trapped Friday in a flooded iron mine in the country's northeast. The accident comes a day after 10 people were killed when a building being refurbished in the financial hub of Shanghai collapsed. Both incidents underscore continuing problems with...

Brazil state prosecutors warn of possible mine dam collapse

May. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The prosecutor's office for Brazil's Minas Gerais state warned Thursday that a dam holding back mining waste could collapse in the next few days and told its operator, mining giant Vale, to inform nearby residents. State prosecutors said Vale reported unusual movement at a mining...

At least 9 trapped in Shanghai building collapse

May. 16, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — A building that was being refurbished collapsed Thursday in downtown Shanghai, and at least nine people are trapped while 11 have been pulled from the rubble. The building being converted into an auto showroom fell around 11:30 a.m., and the city's rescue service said 24 emergency vehicles...

Dragging levee repairs leave riverside communities stressed

May. 15, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Communities that were flooded when levees failed along the Missouri River earlier this spring will likely remain exposed to high water for months to come, leaving displaced residents wondering when — or if — they will be able to return and rebuild their homes. The U.S. Army...