Latest Floods News

Generator for New Orleans drainage pumps explodes, injures 2

Dec. 14, 2019 5:42 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An explosion at an electrical generating plant that powers New Orleans' drainage system injured two people and rattled windows in nearby neighborhoods. The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board said the explosion took place Saturday afternoon at its main water plant on the western edge...

Downpours drench Georgia and South Carolina, set records

Dec. 14, 2019 12:52 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Rain finally ended in Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday, but not before downpours set records, spilled sewage and flooded many streets. The National Weather Service reports 4.16 inches (10.57 centimeters) of rain fell at Columbia Metro Airport on Friday. That not only shattered...

Burgum seeks disaster declaration for October flooding

Dec. 13, 2019 5:21 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday, requesting a presidential disaster declaration after an October storm dumped heavy rain and snow on a large part of the state. The letter was sent to Trump through the Federal Emergency Management...

Georgia gov. issues emergency after Atlanta hospital flooded

Dec. 13, 2019 3:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor has issued an emergency declaration because of capacity issues at Atlanta-area hospitals after a flooding incident at the state’s largest trauma center last week. Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta started diverting patients to other hospitals on Dec. 7...

Mississippi business group offers loans for flood recovery

Dec. 13, 2019 7:31 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Small Business Administration is now offering low-interest loans to homeowners, businesses and nonprofit organizations who suffered losses when torrential rain caused widespread flooding last spring. The National Weather Service estimated some south Mississippi areas...

Federal funds target West Virginia wastewater plant repairs

Dec. 13, 2019 4:20 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A wastewater treatment plant in West Virginia is receiving more than $1.4 million to repair damage caused by severe flooding in 2017. The grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is going to the city of McMechen’s sewer treatment plant in Marshall County,...

Company won't reopen flood-damaged Nebraska jerky plant

Dec. 12, 2019 8:20 AM EST

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based company has decided to not reopen its flood-damaged plant in eastern Nebraska. Jack Link's spokesman Abbey Miller told the Lincoln Journal Star that the Missouri River flooding in March overwhelmed the company's Bellevue plant, which sits just east of Offutt Air...

Millington building floodway that doubles as recreation area

Dec. 12, 2019 4:57 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee town is building a new floodway intended to channel rising waters away from neighborhoods and a naval base while providing a recreation area for residents. Millington is poised to begin purchasing property for the roughly 1200-acre (486-hectare) Big Creek Wetland and...

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

Dec. 11, 2019 2:42 PM EST

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest Iowa...

Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 8:41 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the coastal town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...