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Texas House OKs Bill to Spend More Than $3B for Flood Control Projects

Nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, the Texas House approved legislation that would pull more than $3 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to help pay for flood control projects statewide. The House version of …

Experts Give Texas Mixed Reviews on Disaster Preparedness

More than a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, killing dozens, the state is still waiting on billions in federal recovery dollars. In the meantime, Texas lawmakers are looking to prepare the state — the most …

Report Faults Years of Neglect in New Orleans’ 2017 Floods

Outside consultants fault New Orleans officials’ long-term neglect of the city’s failing drainage system for widespread flooding last summer. Through a public records request, The New Orleans Advocate obtained the ABS Group report, a year and a day after a …

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 …