midwest flooding News

Minneapolis Federal Reserve: With Flooding Comes a Torrent of Data

One of the biggest problems with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood insurance program is that, nationwide, few property owners actually choose to buy into it. But that’s not the case in many counties in the Federal Reserve’s Ninth District. …

States Brace for Long-Term Flood Fight as Damages Mount

After devastating flooding this year, Iowa put $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri allotted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall …

Flood-Hit Midwest Businesses Struggle to Bring Customers Back

Some Nebraska and Iowa businesses are still struggling to recover from flooding that damaged their properties or otherwise kept customers away from their doors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that in Nebraska alone, more than 1,000 businesses were affected …

Businesses Suffer After Floods Wipe Out Nebraska Bridge

Ron Gadeken of Ron’s Ag & Auto Repair in Stanton, Nebraska, often goes out to farms to repair equipment. That includes south of Stanton, where the Elkhorn River flows. The raging Elkhorn River wiped out part of the Highway 57 …

Flooding Continues to Strain Levees Along Missouri, Mississippi Rivers

Communities along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are piling up sandbags as another round of flooding strains levees. The Kansas City Star reports that more than 40 levees have been overtopped across Missouri in less than two weeks. State Emergency …

At Least 3 Dead in Central U.S. Storms

A flooded Oklahoma was deluged once again on Wednesday following days of severe weather that’s blamed for at least three deaths after also battering Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, “The biggest concern is more rain. I mean, there’s more rain in …

Why the Missouri River Is Just Going to Keep On Flooding: Viewpoint

The Missouri River used to be out of control. “It cuts corners, runs around at nights, fills itself with snags and traveling sandbars, lunches on levees, and swallows islands and small villages for dessert,” is how the humorist George Fitch …

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Adds to Weather Woes in Central US

A storm system known as a “bomb cyclone” slowly churned through the U.S. interior Thursday for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard that struck the Upper Midwest and creating hazardous fire conditions farther south. The storm knocked …

Missouri University Scientists Using AI to Design Flood Evacuation Plans

Transportation agencies and first responders may soon get help from artificial intelligence to determine the best evacuation routes during floods such as those affecting portions of Missouri and the Midwest. Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are using …

Global Floods Cause $8B in Economic Losses During March: Aon Catastrophe Report

Damage from flooding in March 2019 is estimated at US$8 billion from events across the globe, according to Aon’s “Global Catastrophe Recap – March 2019.” “The major catastrophe events of March highlighted the continued vulnerabilities which exist in both developed …