Mississippi River News

Days of Torrential Rains in Southeast Leave Swollen Rivers, Mudslides

Days of torrential rain across the Southeast left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides Thursday as storms finally subsided. An Alabama town asked residents to cut back on water usage after a pumping station …

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 …

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 …

Tennessee Issues Weekend Flood Warning for Mississippi River

Authorities issued a flood warning Dec. 29 for the Mississippi River in Memphis due to heavy rain in the central United States. Emergency preparedness officials in Shelby County, which includes Memphis, said Tuesday that the flood warning begins on Saturday. …

Floods of Five Rivers Head from Midwest to U.S. Industrial South

Brace yourself, U.S. South. The Mississippi River is coming, and so are the Arkansas, the Red, the Ohio and the Missouri. The water on the Mississippi River is already so high that Missouri has closed interstate highways. Governor Jay Nixon …

Mississippi River Could Reach Flood Stage by End of March

The Mississippi River at Natchez, Miss., is expected to rise 6.6 feet in the next two weeks, placing it just below flood level early in the spring rise season. The National Weather Service tells The Natchez Democrat the river will …

Corps Wants Changes at Louisiana’s Morganza Flood Control Structure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold public meetings next week on plans to tweak the way the Morganza flood control structure is operated during floods. The Morganza flood control structure diverts water from the Mississippi River into the …

Midwest Towns Hope Worst of Flood Is Behind Them

Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic on July 10 that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage. Water levels were dropping in several places, including Clarksville, Mo., where a furious sandbagging effort over …

Flood Warnings for Tennessee, Kentucky Near Mississippi River

Flood warnings have been issued in Tennessee and Kentucky as the Mississippi River starts to slowly rise from northern floodwaters, but officials say the rising water should not have a significant impact. Marlene Mickelson, a meteorologist at the National Weather …

Rain Prompts Flood Worries in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa

The Mississippi River, so low for much of the winter that barge traffic was nearly halted, could reach up to 10 feet above flood stage by the middle of next week in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, National Weather …