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2011-05-09 11:58:00

As flood threat increases, so does the need for donations WASHINGTON, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Forecasters are predicting catastrophic flooding may occur along the Mississippi River in the next few days, and the American Red Cross is ramping up to help people along the river as efforts continue to assist thousands of people in tornado-ravaged communities across the South. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) The Red Cross estimates the costs of...

2008-07-15 18:00:38

MADISON, Wis., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Energy Corporation announced today that the estimated impact of last month's unprecedented flooding in its service territory will reduce its utility business earnings per share by approximately $0.20 in 2008. While almost 75 percent of the counties in the three states that Alliant Energy provides service were declared federal disaster areas, the most significant damage was experienced in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the company's largest load...

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 00:00:18

By The Associated Press FORT ATKINSON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Jim Doyle said the state is moving out of a crisis caused by severe flooding and into a stage of assessing damage and cleaning up."We're moving out of the emergency stage," he said Friday after touring hard-hit Jefferson County cities of Fort Atkinson and Jefferson in a National Guard helicopter. Earlier in the day he toured Janesville and Beloit in Rock County.Doyle predicted Jefferson County and four others would soon be declared...

2008-06-20 18:00:28

By The Janesville Gazette, Wis. Jun. 20--MADISON -- Gov. Jim Doyle planned to meet Friday with those affected by floods and storms in Jefferson County. The county is not one of the 19 that have been declared federal disaster areas. However, it is one of 30 Doyle has designated as in a state of emergency. The widespread floods that devastated much of southern Wisconsin caused at least $470 million in damage, the state Emergency Management department said Friday. Federal officials have...

2008-06-19 18:00:03

U.S. President George Bush toured the flood-stricken Iowa communities of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Thursday as federal officials discussed recovery plans. Air Force One landed at The Eastern Iowa Airport after 11 a.m. and the president huddled with 50 state, federal, county and local officials at the Emergency Management Operations Center at a local community college, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. Bush, joined by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and former Iowa Rep. Jim Nussle, was greeted...

2008-06-19 00:00:15

By The Associated Press GULFPORT (AP) - The rising Mississippi River interrupted travel on two bridges between Iowa and Illinois and threatened thousands of acres of farmland Tuesday. People stacked millions of sandbags near 27 levees the federal government said were in danger of overflowing.The river blew a massive hole in a levee near the farming community of Gulfport at about 5 a.m., covering at least 5,000 acres of farmland by late Tuesday morning, Henderson County Chief Deputy Donald...

2008-06-18 09:00:36

By Maria Sudekum Fisher Associated Press GULFPORT, Ill. -- The rising Mississippi River broke through a levee Tuesday, forcing authorities to rescue about a half-dozen people by helicopter, boat and four-wheeler as floodwaters moved south into Illinois and Missouri. But even as the water jeopardized scores of additional homes and businesses, officials said the damage could have been worse if the federal government had not taken steps to clear flood-prone land after historic floods in...


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