flooding

  • A motorboat travels on a Missouri highway after more than a week of widespread flooding throughout the South and Midwest. At least 24 people were killed and several more are missing.  Photo U.S. Coast Guard Via Getty Images
    January 2, 2016   BY Michael D. Regan 

    At least 24 people have died in floods that have gripped parts of the United States during the last week. Officials in Louisiana, Illinois and Missouri are preparing for another deluge as waterways set records in several states. Continue reading

  • The Mississippi River is pictured flooding parts of downtown St. Louis, Missouri December 31, 2015.  Missouri and Illinois were bracing for more flooding on Thursday as rain-swollen rivers, some at record heights, overflowed their banks, washing out hundreds of structures and leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes.  REUTERS/Kate Munsch - RTX20O4W
    December 31, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, towns in whole sections of Missouri and Illinois are under water, with at least 20 dead and untold millions of dollars in damage. Also, New Year’s celebrations drew tight security in New York and other cities, amid fears of terror attacks. Continue reading

  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hydro technician Jason Carron assesses the Mississippi River flood waters in St. Louis, Missouri December 31, 2015.  Missouri and Illinois were bracing for more flooding on Thursday as rain-swollen rivers, some at record heights, overflowed their banks, washing out hundreds of structures and leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes.  REUTERS/Kate Munsch - RTX20O4V
    December 31, 2015  

    In Missouri, site of devastating flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, communities are starting to get some relief from the rising waters, but the disaster is far from over. Gwen Ifill gets an update from Cindy Erickson of the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri and Scott Barthelmass of the Eureka Fire Protection District. Continue reading

  • Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Missouri December 29, 2015.  A storm system that triggered deadly tornadoes and flooding in the U.S. Midwest and Southwest pushed north on Tuesday, bringing snow and ice from Iowa to Massachusetts and another day of tangled air travel.  REUTERS/Kate Munsch - RTX20GDI
    December 30, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries have overwhelmed towns across parts of Missouri and Illinois. At least 20 people have been killed in the region and flood waters are expected to hit record levels. Also, snowfall has deepened the Sierra Nevada snowpack to higher than normal levels in California, offering some relief from extreme drought. Continue reading

  • Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Missouri, on Dec. 29, 2015. The high waters have been blamed for more than 20 deaths in Missouri and Illinois. Photo by Kate Munsch/Reuters
    December 30, 2015   BY Joshua Barajas 

    Widespread flooding in the South and Midwest has killed at least 20 people, while the winter storm continues to swell waterways along the Mississippi River to heights nearing the records of the disastrous flood of 1993. Continue reading

  • Damaged cars sit amidst the debris at the tornado-damaged Landmark at the Lake Village West apartment complex in Garland, Texas, December 28, 2015. In Texas, at least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area over the weekend by tornadoes, including one packing winds of up to 200 miles per hour (322 km per hour). The twister hit the city of Garland, killing eight people and blowing vehicles off highways.  REUTERS/Todd Yates - RTX20BX8
    December 28, 2015  

    Violent weather has battered the South and Midwest in recent days, bringing the death toll from up to 45. On Saturday, at least nine tornadoes swept through the Dallas area, blasting neighborhoods with winds of about 200 miles an hour. In other states, snow and ice caused power outages and heavy rain triggered deadly flooding. Jeffrey Brown talks to Bob Henson of Weather Underground. Continue reading

  • california
    October 7, 2015  

    California is sinking, and sinking fast. As desperate farmers have turned to drilling to keep their crops green, the removal of groundwater is making the land settle inches lower at a sharp pace. In the Central Valley, that geological drop is actually increasing the flood risk. Nathan Halverson of Reveal for the Center of Investigative Reporting reports in conjunction with KQED. Continue reading

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    October 6, 2015  

    The rain has stopped, but South Carolina’s flood disaster is still gripping the state. Some towns are being inundated a second time, as runoff water from upstream heads for the coast. Gov. Nikki Haley warned that even as areas start drying out, some low-lying communities will face danger. William Brangham reports. Continue reading

  • Children ride their bikes through flood waters on Rosewood Drive in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina October 5, 2015. Torrential rainfall that South Carolina's governor called a once-in-a-millennium downpour triggered flooding in the southeastern U.S. state on Sunday, causing at least eight deaths in the Carolinas. REUTERS/Randall Hill - RTS35F2
    October 5, 2015  

    More than 16 inches of rain fell near Columbia, South Carolina, on Sunday — the most rain in one spot, on one day, anywhere in the U.S. in 16 years. Days of nonstop rain have killed nine people and closed 550 roads and bridges. Officials warned it could take weeks to reopen everything and Gov. Nikki Haley said it would be a long recovery. William Brangham reports. Continue reading

  • rising sea levels
    July 2, 2015  

    While New York City is taking aggressive action to prevent future catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy, other vulnerable cities, such as Charleston, South Carolina, are not tackling the threat of rising sea level and climate change with the same urgency. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports. Continue reading

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