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Supervisor Marvell Howard inspects the slope failure as he climbs up the side of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam west of Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Officials said a breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi county OKs plan to drain lake with failing dam

Jan. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Leaders in a Mississippi county approved a plan Thursday to drain a swollen lake where officials say a decades-old earthen dam could fail after days of heavy rain. The Starkville Daily News reported that Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously endorsed the proposal during a...

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

North Carolina town founded by freed slaves gets levee help

Jan. 10, 2020 11:48 AM EST

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S . Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to spend $39.6 million to help preserve an eastern North Carolina town founded by freed slaves that's been damaged repeatedly by floodwaters from hurricanes. The project money, which comes from $740 million allocated to the Corps in a...

Missouri River power from upstream dams increases in 2019

Jan. 3, 2020 11:38 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The wet weather that caused so many flooding problems around the Midwest in 2019 had one small silver lining: electric generation from the Missouri River's six upstream dams was up 5.6 percent, federal officials said. It was the first time this century that the river had back-to-back...

In this Oct. 24, 2019 photo, the setting sun and homes are reflected in a puddle, in Winslow, Neb. It took only minutes for swift-moving floods from the Elkhorn River to ravage tiny Winslow this spring, leaving nearly all its 48 homes and businesses uninhabitable. Now, the couple dozen residents still determined to call the place home are facing a new challenge: Moving the entire town several miles away to higher ground. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska town’s grim choice: can it pick up and move?

Dec. 28, 2019 11:04 AM EST

WINSLOW, Neb. (AP) — It took only minutes for the icy Elkhorn River to surge over a levee and engulf tiny Winslow, but months after the floodwaters receded, the village finds itself struggling to decide its future — or if it has a future. Will it be reborn atop a nearby hill, or will the town stay...

Lawsuit: US Army spillway opening hurts wildlife, localities

Dec. 27, 2019 7:24 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Officials in Mississippi are trying to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission to consult with them before opening the Bonnet Carré Spillway in Louisiana again and flooding the region with polluted river water. A federal lawsuit filed this week...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, a vehicle is submerged in floodwater in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Senior U.S. Judge Charles Lettow in Washington. D.C. ruled Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is liable for damages to a group of Houston-area homes and businesses flooded by two federally owned reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey because the inundation was due to how the federal government built and maintained the dams. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Judge: Federal government liable for Harvey flooding

Dec. 17, 2019 8:36 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is liable for damages to a group of Houston-area homes and businesses that were flooded by two federally owned reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey because the inundation was due to how the federal government built and...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, reservoir No. 1, a 180 million-gallon water supply that has been out of service much of the past few decades, sits against the backdrop of the city skyline in Atlanta. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is proposing Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, to boost federal efforts to fortify the nation's dams following an Associated Press investigation that found scores of potentially troubling dams around the country.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

US senator proposes money, oversight to boost dam safety

Dec. 17, 2019 5:59 PM EST

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday called for more federal money and oversight to shore up the nation's aging dams following an Associated Press investigation that found scores of potentially troubling dams located near homes and communities across the country. Gillibrand said new legislation in the works...

A McAllen K-9 police officer walks past rebar that will make up the border wall before DHS Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf tours and speaks to the local media at the border wall under construction on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, south of Donna, Texas./The Monitor via AP)

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

Dec. 12, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department's internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon's inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson...

In this May 10, 2019 photo, grain bins belonging to Brett Adams are surrounded by flood waters, in Peru, Neb. Adams had thousands of acres under water, about 80 percent of his land, this year. The water split open his grain bins and submerged his parents' house and other buildings when the levee protecting the farm broke. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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...