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West Alton to evacuate as Mississippi River crests

May. 25, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WEST ALTON, Mo. (AP) — Officials in the eastern Missouri town of West Alton have asked residents to evacuate as the Mississippi River is expected to crest two feet above major flood stage in the coming days. The St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management said in a news release that leaders of the...

Flooding leads to Oklahoma and Arkansas evacuations

May. 25, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials on Saturday warned some Tulsa residents to prepare to head to higher ground because old levees holding back the swollen Arkansas River are stressed and more rain is expected for the flood-weary region. The river was four feet above flood stage on Friday and was already causing...

The Latest: Braggs, Oklahoma completely surrounded by water

May. 25, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on major flooding Oklahoma and Arkansas from severe weather across the central U.S. (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Officials say a small town in eastern Oklahoma is completely surrounded by water and without power from major flooding on the Arkansas River. Oklahoma Department...

Colorado drought-free statewude with heavy mountain snowpack

May. 25, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A heavy mountain snowpack has helped Colorado shake free of drought that covered much of the state just months ago. The Department of Agriculture's latest update of drought conditions shows a fraction of 1% of the Colorado is still experiencing drought. In February, more than two-thirds of...

Guardsman recalls Hurricane Michael

May. 25, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Longtime Sarasota-area resident Chris Dillon is no stranger to hurricanes. Riding out a direct hit from Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base in October tested the veteran Florida Army National Guard lieutenant colonel's nerve and spurred him to double down on preparedness...

Bodies in submerged Missouri vehicle bring storm toll to 9

May. 24, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central U.S. this week and threaten major flooding through the holiday weekend. John Reinhardt, 20,...

The Latest: Tornado touches down near Iowa City

May. 24, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 10 p.m. A tornado has touched down just south of Iowa City, Iowa, causing some damage but no injuries. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the tornado affected two lightly-populated unincorporated towns of Frytown...

Mexican Navy helicopter with 5 aboard crashes near fires

May. 24, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican Navy helicopter with five crew members aboard crashed Friday in a mountainous area while carrying water to help fight forest fires. The Navy said rescuers were searching for the crew of the Russian-made MI-17 transport helicopter and it was not clear if any had survived....

GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

May. 24, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a...

Crews rebuild flood barrier to protect downtown Davenport

May. 24, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Crews are rebuilding a temporary flood barrier in an effort to protect downtown Davenport as the Mississippi River threatens to rise again. The river breached the barrier on April 30, sending floodwaters into the city. Video footage from security cameras on the day of the flood shows...