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Wyoming joins Northern Rocky states seeking disaster aid

CODY, Wyoming (Reuters) – Governor Matt Mead asked on Tuesday for a presidential disaster declaration in Wyoming to free up federal funds to repair roads and bridge damaged by harsh winter weather and flooding. Mead became the third governor in the Northern Rockies to seek such a declaration stemming from…

Nuclear agency head to visit flooded Nebraska reactors

FORT CALHOUN, Neb (Reuters) – The chair of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will arrive in Nebraska Sunday to monitor preparations against Missouri River flooding at two Nebraska nuclear power plants, officials said Friday. NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko will visit the Cooper Nuclear Station south of Omaha Sunday and the…

Levee breach in Iowa along Missouri River prompts evacuations

OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) – A levee breach on Saturday near Missouri Valley, Iowa flooded farmland and threatened to impact U.S. Highway 30, which connects Iowa and Nebraska over the Missouri River, officials said. “It is emptying into agricultural lands and the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge,” said Larry Oliver, emergency management…

Turtles pose problem for Arkansas rice farmers

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – After facing a spring of harsh weather, rice farmers in Arkansas, the nation’s top rice-producing state, have a new worry — turtles. Recent flooding in southern and eastern Arkansas has displaced turtles from their normal habitat in the canals, swamps and low-lying areas near the…

Flooding kills 23 in earthquake-ravaged Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Torrential rains lashed Haiti on Tuesday, flooding shanty towns, swamping the squalid camps erected after a 2010 earthquake and killing at least 23 people, officials said. The worst rains to hit the impoverished country this year — at the start of the hurricane season — paralyzed the capital,…

Floodway opening a blessing for Louisiana refineries

KROTZ SPRINGS, Louisiana (Reuters) – The opening of a key spillway to relieve flooding along the Mississippi River could create logistical headaches for big Gulf Coast refiners, but will likely spare the lion’s share of the area’s refining capacity from flooding danger. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday…

Mississippi River crests near record at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Reuters) – The Mississippi River was cresting at Memphis on Tuesday just inches below the all-time record as the swollen wall of water moved south toward the Gulf of Mexico. The level of the largest river in North America may have reached its peak at 47.87 feet on…

Worst Mississippi River flood in 70 years swallows homes, farms

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AFP) – The worst floods to hit the central United States in more than 70 years have swallowed up homes, farms and roads after the Mississippi River swelled to six times its normal width. Army engineers on Tuesday patrolled stressed levees in waterlogged Memphis, Tennessee, where the Mississippi…

Death toll passes 160 as storms rip through US

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AFP) – Deadly tornados and flash floods flattened buildings and overturned vehicles overnight as major storms churned through the United States, with the death toll surpassing 160 people. The severe weather killed 128 people in Alabama on Wednesday alone, authorities said, and President Barack Obama said Washington would…

‘Imminent’ danger of flooding in Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Some roads in Pennsylvania were closed and residents of a New Jersey town evacuated their homes, as rain-swollen rivers began cresting on Saturday. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for both states, warning of “imminent” danger from rising waters of rivers and streams near Philadelphia and in northern New Jersey. In suburban…

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