Army Corps of Engineers News

Corps Says Minot, North Dakota Levees Need Repairs

Minot, N.D., is taking steps to upgrade the levees that protect it from Souris River flooding. An inspection report late last year from the Army Corps of Engineers showed a number of problems, such as tree growth, erosion and inadequate …

Army Corps Watching Water Levels at Florida’s Lake Okeechobee

Water levels in Lake Okeechobee have risen to nearly 16 feet. The rising water levels in the shallow lake have prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to fully open locks around the lake to release water and protect the aging …

Supreme Court Upholds Immunity for Army Corps; Rejects Katrina Victims’ Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Hurricane Katrina victims seeking billions of dollars on claims that the Army Corps of Engineers added to the storm’s impact by improperly maintaining a shipping channel. The justices today left intact a …

Corps Takes Flood Study To St. James

St. James Parish residents are getting a look at an Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce storm-surge risk from area lakes in Louisiana. Army Corps officials outlined a feasibility study focusing on risk-reduction possibilities this past week at a …

Court Cuts Corps Back Out of New Orleans’ 17th St Canal Lawsuit

A federal appeals court ruling has added a new twist to a complicated legal property rights case along a canal that was breached during Hurricane Katrina, contributing to the floods over most of New Orleans. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court …

Judge Chides Army Corps over New Orleans Levees

The Army Corps of Engineers built a “tragically flawed” levee system for New Orleans – but isn’t liable for claims that excavation work by a government contractor weakened a floodwall and caused it to breach in two places during Hurricane …

Feds: Levee System Did Not Cause Isaac Flooding

Federal officials say in a report released Nov. 9 that improvements to the New Orleans-area levee system did not cause Hurricane Isaac’s storm-surge flooding of areas in Louisiana that were not inundated during Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. The Army Corps …

Tennessee Senate Hopeful Sues Government Over Nashville Flood Damage

A state Senate candidate is suing the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service over damage to his home during the 2010 Nashville flood. Phillip North’s suit claims that the two federal agencies were negligent. He seeks $360,000 …

Court Reverses Landmark Katrina Ruling on Army Corps Liability

A federal appeals court reversed itself this week and threw out a judge’s landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps’ maintenance …

Missouri County Denied Compensation for Flood Damage

A southeast Missouri county has been told it won’t be getting any money for damage caused by the activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway last year. The Southeast Missourian reports Mississippi County’s clerk gave county commissioners a letter with …