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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss. Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams. An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP, File)

Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

Feb. 21, 2020 3:27 AM EST

When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss. Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams. An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP, File)

Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

Feb. 20, 2020 10:32 AM EST

When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on...

Water from the Pearl River floods Florence-Byram Road near Byram, Miss, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Authorities believe the flooding will rank as third highest, behind the historic floods of 1979 and 1983. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Hundreds still flooded from homes in Mississippi capital

Feb. 17, 2020 4:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The swollen Pearl River appeared to have crested Monday in Mississippi’s capital, but authorities warned the hundreds of evacuees in the Jackson area not to rush back home until they got the all clear, and a forecast of more rain put counties further south at risk of flooding....

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

Lisa Tynes chats Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, on her front porch as her handiwork, the

Should locals forfeit rural ways to address city flooding?

Feb. 15, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DARLINGTON, La. (AP) — Hunter Tynes says he's looking for a third donkey to run with the 35 head of cattle on his 100 acres off a lonely stretch of highway in western St. Helena Parish. The donkeys fight off marauding nighttime coyotes that come after his cattle, which were nibbling in the rye grass...

Crews work to replace drainage pipes at the Oktibbeha County Lake dam in Starkville, Miss., as heavy rains cause water levels to rise, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had once again reached a critical level just weeks after heavy rains caused a mudslide that put the earthen dam in danger of failing. (Ryan Phillips/The Starkville Daily News via AP)

Torrential rains leave swollen rivers, downed trees in South

Feb. 13, 2020 6:47 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Days of torrential rain across the Southeast left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides Thursday as storms finally subsided. Multiple vehicles plowed into trees that fell across a highway in Mississippi, and officials in the capital of...

Federal budget does not fund volcano debris dam, monitoring

Feb. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The annual federal budget does not fund a request to raise the height of a dam in Washington state to stop debris flow from the Mount St. Helens eruption, county officials said. President Donald Trump's annual budget proposal does not include money to raise the Toutle River sediment...

US gives Colorado $10M to fix dam upstream of ski resort

Feb. 8, 2020 11:42 AM EST

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — U.S. emergency management officials have given Colorado a $10 million grant to fix a dam upstream of the ski resort town of Breckenridge that's listed in unsatisfactory condition and would likely lead to deadly flooding if it were to fail. The Federal Emergency Management Agency...

Corps increases water flowing into lower Missouri River

Feb. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam has been increased to free up more space in the reservoirs upstream before spring. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that the amount of water flowing out of Gavins Point on the Nebraska-South...

Auditor: Most major California dams lack emergency plans

Jan. 31, 2020 12:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three years after the Oroville Dam spillway broke apart driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes over fears of catastrophic flooding, only 22 of 650 major dams in the state have finalized emergency plans, according to a report by the California State Auditor. State...