Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

Testimony ends in Harvey-related overflow dams, floods case

May. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Testimony has ended in the lawsuit by some Texas residents seeking U.S. government compensation after their land flooded when two federally owned reservoirs overflowed during Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Chronicle reports testimony wrapped up Friday in Houston. Judge Charles Lettow of the...

Lake Okeechobee's lower level debated among stakeholders

May. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — Lake Okeechobee is Florida's "Liquid Heart," and people who depend on it for irrigation, drinking water, recreation and their livelihoods are often in conflict on how to take care of it. This year, the conflict has heated up because the Army Corps of Engineers has been keeping the...

Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

May. 18, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there's not much barge traffic this year. That's because...

Engineers raise risk level for Southern California dam

May. 17, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — A new assessment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raises concern about the potential for failure of the spillway of a flood control dam on a Southern California river where 1.4 million people live downstream. The Corps said Thursday it has changed the risk characterization of Prado...

Levee in western Iowa to be repaired under $8.5M contract

May. 15, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Another one of the dozens of levee repair contracts expected along the Missouri River has been awarded to an Iowa company. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the $8.5 million contract to repair a levee in Mills County, Iowa, has been awarded to Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa....

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...

Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

May. 14, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone's guess. Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming...

Keystone Dam water released after levels reach 21-year high

May. 13, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is set to release the largest amount of water to run through Keystone Dam in 21 years after torrential downpours soaked the Arkansas River drainage basin in northeastern Oklahoma. The Tulsa World reports that on Monday, the corps will release 85,000...

Floodgate closes, as flooding in Mississippi Delta worsens

May. 13, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A floodgate in Mississippi is closed again to prevent the rising Mississippi River from spilling inland and worsening flooding in parts of the Mississippi Delta. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it closed the Steele Bayou floodgate north of Vicksburg on Saturday. The gate first...

Northeastern Oklahoma readies for Keystone Dam water release

May. 12, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials in northeastern Oklahoma are preparing thousands of sandbags ahead of the planned release of the largest amount of water that has run through Keystone Dam in 26 years. The Tulsa World reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to release 85,000 cubic feet of water per...