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2010-05-19 09:51:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- While a new America THINKS survey from HNTB Corporation shows six in ten (60 percent) Americans believe their area is prepared to deal with the potential damage from an extreme storm, hurricane or extensive flooding, events this spring have shown otherwise. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/americans-too-confident-in-flood-hurricane-preparedness-94251249.html "Recent...

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2009-11-19 13:35:00

A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that negligence by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers led to massive floods in parts of New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, BBC News reported. Six complaints by residents and a business were upheld in court against the Corps over its maintenance of a navigational channel, which led to awarded damages totaling $720,000, and the ruling could lead to thousands more claims. Hurricane Katrina flooded around 80 percent of New Orleans causing more...

2009-07-17 10:03:00

PITTSBURGH, July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- L.B. Foster Company (Nasdaq: FSTR) of Pittsburgh, PA has been awarded a $23.1 million contract to provide steel sheet piling to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the construction of T-wall type flood walls in the New Orleans area. The PZC(TM) piling will be manufactured in lengths of 20 to 75 feet at the Gerdau Ameristeel Petersburg, VA facility and stored for convenient availability at L.B. Foster's New Orleans storage facility. "Our...

2009-05-13 17:47:00

Report finds significant improvements since Hurricane Katrina BOSTON, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- GEI Consultants, Inc., a national water resources, geotechnical, environmental and ecological science and engineering firm, announced today that firm Principal R. Lee Wooten, P.E., a civil engineer with geotechnical concentration, recently co-lead a team of civil engineers to New Orleans, Louisiana to assess levee performance following Hurricane Gustav. Wooten was also the principal author of the...

2009-05-11 10:46:00

Agreement Eases Financial Burden on City, Will Help Control Insurance Costs for Residents HARRISBURG, Pa., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger and Col. Peter Mueller of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced financial support today that will help the Sunbury Municipal Authority meet its local funding obligations to certify the city's flood protection levee. The certification is part of the work to modernize federal flood maps. The Federal...

2008-06-28 06:00:03

By Jennifer A. Bowen, Belleville News-Democrat, Ill. Jun. 28--The levees on the Illinois side of the river continues to hold back the Mississippi River, and pressure was eased somewhat when a levee that protects Winfield, Mo., failed early Friday. "The word I'm getting from the teams out there checking on the levees every day is: Everything is working as predicted," said Alan J. Dooley, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis. "We continue to monitor the entire system....

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...

2006-06-01 19:38:12

By Russell McCulley NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - An incomplete system of defenses built in pieces over 40 years was responsible for the flooding that devastated New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Thursday. A few critical links failed in the system of earthen levees and concrete floodwalls designed to protect the city, the report said. The region's flood protection system, built by the Corps over the past 40 years, was compromised by...

2006-04-05 20:13:18

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Residents of flooded homes and trailer parks near the central California town of Merced were allowed home on Wednesday after they were evacuated when two levee walls were breached and a creek overflowed amid heavy rain. State and local officials said nearly all the residents could return home after being evacuated on Tuesday, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the flood demonstrated the urgent need for the state government to bolster California's levee...

2006-03-23 17:47:15

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Mayor Ray Nagin said on Thursday he is confident that $770 million of levee repairs will protect most of New Orleans this hurricane season, but officials warned another Katrina-strength storm could swamp low-lying areas again. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is racing to meet a June 1 deadline -- the formal start to the hurricane season -- to have the 350 mile levee system protecting New Orleans and the surrounding area back to pre-Katrina...


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