Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Sharpe on Missouri River

Jul. 16, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials say zebra mussels continue to spread upstream in the Missouri River system. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe, a reservoir in central South Dakota. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers noted...

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....

School to open incubator in Atlantic City to study flooding

Jul. 12, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's vulnerability to flooding may present an opportunity, some officials have long argued, to make the resort an East Coast hub for hands-on research on sea level rise. The first hints of the idea became reality on July 1. By next winter, Stockton University wants to...

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 ....

Contract awarded to raise Missouri River levee in Iowa

Jul. 11, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska, says it has awarded a nearly $2.8 million contract to repair a Missouri River levee in southwestern Iowa. The contract is build up the elevation of levee that was breached near Percival and Hamburg during historic flooding in March....

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...

Flooding swamps New Orleans; possible hurricane coming next

Jul. 10, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A storm swamped New Orleans streets and paralyzed traffic Wednesday as concerns grew that even worse weather was on the way: a possible hurricane that could strike the Gulf Coast and raise the Mississippi River to the brim of the city's protective levees. The storm was associated with an...