Mississippi River flooding News

Relentless Rain, Rising Rivers Keep Flooding Southeast Communities

This winter’s relentless rains across the South are still draining into rising rivers, leading to ongoing flooding in some communities. In south Alabama, the Bayou Sara is forecast to crest at 8 feet (2.4 meters) by Wednesday evening and remain …

Flooded Mississippi River Still a Threat as Hurricane Season Heats Up

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing …

After Flooding, Davenport, Iowa, Now Mulling Mississippi River Wall

Hundreds of communities line the Mississippi River on its 2,348-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, but Davenport, Iowa, stands out for the simple reason that people there can actually dip their toes in the river without scaling a flood …

Mississippi Floodgate Opened Again to Drain Delta

A floodgate in Mississippi has reopened as the Mississippi River falls, allowing a months-long flood in parts of the Mississippi Delta to begin draining. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it opened the Steele Bayou floodgate north of Vicksburg …

Mississippi Requests Pumps from Federal Govt. to Ease Flooding

Faced with weeks more flooding in a part of Mississippi that’s been underwater since February, one of the state’s U.S. senators on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to order temporary pumps to the area to begin pumping water over the …

Mississippi Floodgate Closed as Delta Flooding Continues

A floodgate in Mississippi has again closed to prevent the swollen Mississippi River from spilling inland and worsening flooding in parts of the Mississippi Delta. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it closed the Steele Bayou floodgate north of …

Plans for Opening Louisiana’s Mississippi River Morganza Spillway Reduced

Plans for opening a Mississippi River spillway in Louisiana have been cut back dramatically because the river is rising more slowly than expected. The Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to release 20 percent of the water originally planned …

Rains Ease but Risk of River Flooding in Central U.S. Still High

Rain-swollen rivers threatened more flooding on Thursday in Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois and Oklahoma, as Tulsa’s mayor warned that the decades-old levee system in his city would be at risk even as waters receded through the weekend. Since early last week, …

4 Months of Mississippi Delta Flooding Taking a Toll on Farmers, Residents

Larry Walls should have been out working in his fields last week. Instead, his John Deere tractor is parked on high ground, just beyond the reach of the ever-encroaching floodwaters in the southern Mississippi Delta. Four months into what seems …

Cost of Flood-Prone Home Buyouts in Missouri, Elsewhere: $5B and Rising

The residents of the small riverside town of Mosby, Missouri, have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and television. He’s …