Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

Mississippi River drops enough to begin closing big spillway

Jul. 22, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River is finally low enough again to let the Army Corps of Engineers begin closing a huge spillway after a record-breaking run diverting water into Lake Pontchartrain. The corps said Monday in a news release that about 10 of the 168 open bays in the Bonnet Carré...

Agency says mining near Okefenokee poses 'substantial risks'

Jul. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency that manages the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp says a private company's plan to mine minerals near the swamp edge could pose "substantial risks" to the environment, and some damage may be irreversible. The written comments from the U.S. Fish and...

Missouri River remains high because of releases from dams

Jul. 18, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The lower Missouri River is likely to remain high throughout the summer because of the large amount of water being released from dams upstream. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it needs to keep the releases high to clear out space in all the dams along the river. So it will continue...

North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs

Jul. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he filed the claim in Bismarck federal court after the Army Corps of Engineers ignored an...

Louisiana faces triple threat of storm surge, river, rain

Jul. 13, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city's outer defenses. That's what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina's surge caused widespread levee failures and left...

Illinois mulling options to Asian carp issue in Lake Decatur

Jul. 12, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam. Jacques Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, said he contacted the state department after...

New Orleans' levees face a hard test as storm bears down

Jul. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

Even as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Mississippi River's levees held up when those in other parts of the city did not. But as Tropical Storm Barry threatened New Orleans with torrential rains that will test the city's flood defenses this weekend, the height of the city's river levees was the U.S....

New Orleans fears triple threat of storm surge, river, rain

Jul. 12, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city's outer defenses. That's what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina's surge caused widespread levee failures and left...

New Orleans area braces for first hurricane of the season

Jul. 11, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans' improved post-Katrina flood defenses ....

The Latest: New Orleans mayor declares emergency

Jul. 10, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 3:45 p.m. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city's Treme (truh-MAY) neighborhood got 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of rain in three hours, and more nasty weather is on the way. Cantrell has declared...