Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

Feds moving forward with replacement of Cape Cod bridges

Apr. 4, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Federal officials are moving forward with replacement of the bridges that connect Cape Cod to mainland Massachusetts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday approved the final report on the project to replace the Bourne and Sagamore bridges with two new spans, the Cape Cod Times...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Boone County Sheriff's Department in Columbia, Mo., shows Joseph Elledge. Elledge, accused of killing his Chinese wife Mengqi Ji. Ji's family is seeking help from lawmakers and the community to spend at least $500,000 toward the search for her body. Columbia police believe the body of Mengqi Ji was dumped in the Lamine River, near Booneville, Mo. Cadaver dogs indicated human remains there, and divers have been searching the waters for five months. (Boone County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

Search for body of missing woman could cost $500,000

Apr. 3, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The search for the body of a Missouri woman presumed to have been murdered by her husband could cost at least $500,000, forcing her family to ask lawmakers and the community for help in funding the effort. Columbia police believe the body of Mengqi Ji was dropped in the Lamine...

Spillway opening Friday to safeguard New Orleans levees

Apr. 3, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River is so high that a spillway west of New Orleans must be opened to safeguard the city's levees, an Army Corps of Engineers official announced Thursday. That will make an unprecedented third straight year, and the sixth time this decade, that the Bonnet Carré...

A resident is removed from the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing Monday, March 30, 2020, in Gallatin, Tenn. Multiple people tested positive for the coronavirus at the facility Friday. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a statewide

Gov. Lee strengthens stay-at-home order, jobless claims soar

Apr. 2, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee strengthened a stay-at-home order Thursday after initially resisting a statewide mandate despite pleas from the medical community that more robust action was needed to confront the coronavirus. Lee, a Republican, said that a recent uptick in “movement...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Mississippi River flood water surrounds a home built on high ground outside of West Alton, Mo. With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during last year's devastating floods remain vulnerable to high water. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

Corps: Some levees damaged in 2019 still vulnerable

Mar. 31, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during devastating floods last spring remain vulnerable to high water. The National Weather Service has said Nebraska, Iowa,...

TCF Center in Detroit, is shown on Sunday, March 29, 2020. The federal government said it will create a 900-bed hospital for coronavirus victims inside the convention center. (AP Photo/Ed White)

Detroit convention center to become makeshift hospital

Mar. 29, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A convention center in Detroit will be turned into a 900-bed hospital in response to the coronavirus, the federal government said Sunday. Construction at TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo Center, will begin after contracts are wrapped up in 24 to 36 hours, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

North Dakota officials sketch worst-case scenarios for virus

Mar. 28, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials began outlining worst-case scenarios — including building temporary hospitals in Bismarck and Fargo — after health officials Saturday confirmed the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period. The state listed 26 new cases of coronavirus...

A woman walks on the sidewalk in front of NorthShore Skokie Hospital sign in Skokie, Ill., Friday, March 27, 2020. Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state, which went into effect on March 21, 2020 and lasts through at least April 7. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Illinois infant with COVID-19 dies, cause of death unknown

Mar. 28, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois infant with COVID-19 has died, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday. The cause of death is unknown and an investigation is underway. A state employee also was among 13 new deaths reported Saturday, as Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urged people to do...

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings format

Mar. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to hold teleconferences, rather than...