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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. Flooding is still occurring on July 6, and Flood Warnings are still in effect from the National Weather Service. The Landsat 5 image captured was an enlargement of the area just north of Omaha. The flood waters show up as very dark blue and, where the water is shallow, medium blue. In the image, the Interstate is cut off by flood waters, just south of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and about 20 miles...

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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. "With rivers running high and soils completely saturated, just a small amount of rain could trigger more flooding, including areas that have already seen major to record flooding," the forecasters said. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-normal rain in most of these...

2010-08-03 02:38:44

Using a flood simulator, MU researchers reveal cottonwood trees as a profitable crop in devastated flood areas 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. Now, MU forestry researchers may have found a crop that can survive a flood and act as a sustainable source of biomass. During the 1993 flood, Gene Garrett, forestry professor and former director of the Center for Agroforestry, observed that...

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. About 300 National Guard soldiers worked nearly 20 hours to build a levee around a cluster of 100 homes in the flood plain after the river ripped through another levee there early Friday. Officials hoped the barrier would...

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. Throughout eastern Lincoln County, the river continued to rise, trying the will of residents and emergency workers who had expected the Mississippi to start receding by now. New forecasts called for the...

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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. Officials in Lincoln County asked for volunteers to help fill 50,000 sandbags to fortify the 2 1/2-mile-long Pin Oak levee, an earthen berm that was so waterlogged that it was like "walking on a waterbed," said county emergency management spokesman Andy Binder. If the levee breaches, the...

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. Throughout eastern Lincoln County, the river continued to rise, trying the will of residents and emergency workers who had expected the Mississippi to start receding by now. New forecasts called for the river to...

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. Recent levee breaks north of Canton, not far from the Iowa line, had allowed the river level to drop there and at other towns far north of St. Louis. Officials knew the water would rise again to crests expected during the weekend, and while the amount...

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. The levees are owned and maintained by all sorts of towns, agencies, even individual farmers, making the work in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri last week of calculating where water levels would exceed capacity especially...

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. Obscured by trees standing in algae-covered floodwater was his house, perched on concrete piers to try to keep it above harm. But record flooding in 1993 sent the river into his home, and the Mississippi returned last week. "I had three feet of water in my house in 1993,...


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