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Pump Problems Continue as New Orleans Braces for More Rain

With more rain in the forecast and city water pumps malfunctioning after weekend floods, New Orleans’ mayor urged residents of some waterlogged neighborhoods to move their vehicles to higher ground. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office said in a news release early …

Mayor Calls for Firings Following New Orleans Flooding

A New Orleans official has announced plans to retire and the city’s mayor wants other people fired days after torrential rains flooded the city. Local media report that Executive Director Cedric Grant of the Sewerage and Water Board has announced …

Arizona City Receives $1M for Flood Control Project

Flagstaff, Ariz. officials say $1 million provided by the federal government will be used for design work and related preparations for the Rio de Flag flood control project. Officials say the funding from the Army Corps of Engineers will allow …

California Governor Calls for $437M in Spending for Flood Control

California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for a boost in spending on water and transportation infrastructure as the waterlogged state grapples with an emergency dam repair, frantic levee fixes and catastrophic road damage caused by storms. The Democratic governor redirected …

Council Bluffs, Iowa Races to Improve Levees Before FEMA Deadline

Improvements to the Council Bluffs, Iowa, levee system continue step-by-step as city officials keep hoping it’s fast enough to beat federal government action that could cost homeowners a boatload of cash in flood insurance. The city council approved the plans …

Minnesota Still Wary About Impact of North Dakota Flood Project

Proponents of a proposed $2.1 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project in North Dakota will have to do a better job of addressing concerns about how it would affect farmers and other residents upstream before Minnesota will issue the permits the …

Texas, Louisiana Residents Sue Toledo Bend Dam Operator Over Flooding

Nearly 240 Texas and Louisiana residents have sued the Sabine River Authority over March flooding that inundated hundreds of homes and closed Interstate 10. Communities in Southeast Texas and Louisiana were flooded by up to 20 inches of rain last …

Mississippi County Wants Unified Flood Control Approach With Neighbors

DeSoto County supervisors want the Corps of Engineers to coordinate a unified flood-prevention effort. Letters from the board seek to get the Vicksburg and Memphis districts in the same boat with DeSoto and its North Mississippi neighbors to identify “escalating …

Flood-Control Canal-Widening Completed in Southern Louisiana

A project to help reduce flooding in much of northern Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana is finished. Officials expected to pay more than $1 million to clean and widen a major drainage canal in Gray. The job came in about $98,000 …

2 Small Players Settle in Louisiana ‘Big Oil’ Coastal Flooding Suit

Two of the smaller players in a New Orleans area flood board’s lawsuit against the oil industry over damage to the state’s coast have agreed to a settlement. An attorney for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East said the settlement …