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2011-07-07 09:22:43

Landsat 5 captured an image of flooding occurring along the Iowa/Nebraska border on June 30, 2011.

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2011-07-07 06:10:00

Threats of more flooding will continue throughout the summer as many rivers in the upper Midwest and northern Plains remain above flood state, warned forecasters at NOAA’s National Weather Service on Wednesday.

2010-08-03 02:38:44

When the Missouri River flooded in 1993 and 1995, it left a deep layer of sandy silt that covered thousands of acres of rich farmland.

2008-06-29 12:00:10

By Betsy Taylor Associated Press WINFIELD, Mo. -- A makeshift barrier holding back the Mississippi River failed early Saturday, swamping the low-lying part of the small community of Winfield and ending a valiant but ultimately doomed battle against the surging river.

2008-06-24 12:00:29

By Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 24--WINFIELD -- Sandbagging at the squishy Pin Oak levee was the latest stand Monday in the struggle to keep the flooding Mississippi River at bay. A muskrat burrow led to a levee leak the size of a fire hydrant's flow, authorities said.

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2008-06-24 09:00:00

With three days to go before the bloated Mississippi River reaches its crest, people toiled around the clock Monday to reinforce levees already strained and saturated from the pressure of the rising water.

2008-06-24 00:00:03

WINFIELD, Mo. _ Sandbagging at the squishy Pin Oak levee was the latest stand Monday in the struggle to keep the flooding Mississippi River at bay. A muskrat burrow led to a levee leak the size of a fire hydrant's flow and, through a bit of luck, the remedy, authorities said.

2008-06-22 12:00:03

By Cheryl Wittenauer Associated Press FOLEY, Mo. -- Amid the battle to hold back the swollen Mississippi River, some towns in northeastern Missouri and Illinois got an unwelcome surprise Saturday as river levels rose higher than projected.

2008-06-22 09:00:02

By MONICA DAVEY By Monica Davey The New York Times CANTON, Mo. The levees along the Mississippi River offer a patchwork of unpredictable protections. Some are tall and earthen, others aging and sandy, and many along its tributaries uncataloged by federal officials.

2008-06-22 06:00:03

By Tim Bryant and Terry Hillig, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 22--FOLEY--Tim Johnson, shirtless and deeply tanned, looked out over his riverfront property, which was under several feet of the flooding Mississippi River.


Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.