A Massive Levee System Saved New Orleans. Can Other Towns Be Helped?

A massive flood protection system built around New Orleans helped save it from flooding during Hurricane Ida. Surrounding communities, which weren’t so lucky, want their own system.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-aid-us, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la

Beavers Re-Emerge in Scotland, Drawing Ire of Farmers

Building dams that flood land, the beavers have infuriated farmers. Some have obtained permits to kill the animals — setting off outrage among conservationists.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #beavers, #levees-and-dams, #scotland

Ida’s Heavy Rains Send Louisiana Residents on a Hunt for Clean Water

Nearly everyone in Jefferson Parish, next to New Orleans, was experiencing problems with their water service after the power went out. Lines for bottled water were growing.

#deaths-fatalities, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #infrastructure-public-works, #jefferson-parish-la, #levees-and-dams, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #water

In Louisiana, Rescue Workers Search for Those Stranded by Hurricane Ida

More than a million people, including most in New Orleans, were without electricity, but the city’s levees held.

#deaths-fatalities, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #jean-lafitte-la, #jefferson-parish-la, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #rescues

Ida Hit One of the Country’s Biggest Oil and Chemical Hubs

Louisiana’s 17 oil refineries account for nearly a fifth of the nation’s capacity. Past hurricanes have cause toxic spills.

#floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-ida-2021, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #phillips-66, #refineries, #st-bernard-parish-la, #valero-energy-corporation

In New Orleans, Anxiously Watching the Levees As Hurricane Ida Arrives

The prospect of “another Katrina” has haunted New Orleans, and the rest of the nation.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #hurricane-zeta-2020, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la

Old Tunnels and Rusting Bridges: America’s Creaking Infrastructure

The Biden administration has pledged a $2 trillion investment in the nation’s infrastructure. With century-old water systems and schools vulnerable to earthquakes, there is no shortage of need.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #earthquakes, #floods, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Dam Overflows in Hawaii, Forcing Evacuation

An evacuation order affected people near the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam in the Haiku area of Maui. At least half a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, officials said.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #hawaii, #levees-and-dams, #maui-hawaii, #rain, #reservoirs

Big Step Forward for $50 Billion Plan to Save Louisiana Coast

An environmental assessment said the project’s next step would largely benefit coastal areas, though it might also affect some marine life, especially dolphins.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #bp-plc, #coast-erosion, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #floods, #global-warming, #gulf-of-mexico, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #mississippi-river, #oil-spills, #wetlands

Vale Mining Company to pay $7 Billion in Compensation for Brazil Dam Collapse

The disaster in the city of Brumadinho killed 270 people, and 11 others are still missing. It also led to murder charges for company officials.

#accidents-and-safety, #brazil, #brumadinho-brazil, #levees-and-dams, #minas-gerais-brazil, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #vale-sa, #water-pollution

Northwest’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.

#beaches, #columbia-river-pacific-northwest, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-state-relations-us, #global-warming, #levees-and-dams, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #population, #puget-sound, #salmon, #united-states, #washington-state, #water

‘Within Seconds Everything Was Gone’: Devastating Floods Submerge the Philippines

Torrential rains and back-to-back typhoons have ripped through the country in the past two weeks, turning a once picturesque river into a sea of murky brown, killing dozens and setting off deadly landslides.

#duterte-rodrigo, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #philippines, #rescues, #typhoon-goni-2020, #typhoons, #weather

‘This Is a War’: Cross-Border Fight Over Water Erupts in Mexico

Farmers in Mexico ambushed soldiers and seized a dam to stop water payments to the United States, in a sign of growing conflict over increasingly scarce resources.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chihuahua-mexico, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #levees-and-dams, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #water

How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters

The engineering and land management that enabled the state’s tremendous growth have left it more vulnerable to climate shocks — and those shocks are getting worse.

#california, #environment, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #levees-and-dams, #wildfires

China Flooding Has Killed Hundreds and Tested Three Gorges Dam

Unusually heavy rains have wreaked havoc in central and southwestern China, leaving hundreds dead and disrupting the economy’s post-pandemic recovery.

#china, #chongqing-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #li-keqiang, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #politics-and-government, #rivers, #sichuan-province-china, #xi-jinping

‘Hidden Gem’ Made Popular by TikTok Is Shut to Keep Out-of-Towners Away

A lake in New Jersey was closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but some complaints about recent crowding there focused on the ethnicity of visitors.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #discrimination, #lake-solitude-nj, #levees-and-dams, #new-jersey, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #race-and-ethnicity

As Seasonal Rains Fall, Dispute over Nile Dam Rushes Toward a Reckoning

After a decade of construction, the hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest, is nearly complete. But there’s still no agreement with Egypt, which calls the structure a national security threat.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #egypt, #ethiopia, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #shoukry-sameh, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #water

An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress’

In his push for economic development, Turkey’s president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #environment, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hasankeyf-turkey, #hydroelectric-power, #kurds, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #reservoirs, #rivers, #water

Severe Floods in China Leave Over 106 Dead or Missing

About 15 million residents in southern China have been affected by the worst flooding in decades in parts of the region as abnormally intense rainfall has swept away buildings and ruined homes.

#china, #chongqing-china, #deaths-fatalities, #floods, #hubei-province-china, #levees-and-dams, #three-gorges-dam-china, #weather

Tropical Storm Cristobal Makes Landfall in Louisiana

Meteorologists were watching for persistent bands of rain that can lead to flash flooding.

#baton-rouge-la, #cristobal, #floods, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #mississippi-river, #national-weather-service, #weather

For This Tribe, Saving a River Means Saving the Sturgeon

The Yakama Nation has been raising fish to release back into the Columbia River for more than a decade. Now, its hatchery is also producing caviar.

#carey-richard-adams, #caviar, #fish-farming, #fishing-commercial, #levees-and-dams, #rivers, #seafood, #sturgeon-fish

The Michigan Dam Failures Are a Warning

Many need repairs. Let’s fix them before climate-related flooding gets worse.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #great-lakes, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #rain, #trump-donald-j, #whitmer-gretchen

‘Expect More’: Climate Change Raises Risk of Dam Failures

Engineers say most dams in the United States, designed decades ago, are unsuited to a warmer world and stronger storms.

#global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #tittabawassee-river-mich

As Virus Threat Lingers in Michigan, a New Crisis Arrives: Flooding

Thousands of residents of Midland, Mich., fled their homes as waters rose, trying to keep safe social distances even in shelters.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #hydroelectric-power, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #tittabawassee-river-mich

Live Updates: Michigan Dam Breaks and Flooding Force Thousands to Evacuate

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for areas near the Tittabawassee River. The disaster was compounded by the effects of the coronavirus.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #saginaw-mich, #tittabawassee-river-mich

Michigan Dam Disaster Threatens Major Dow Toxic-Chemical Superfund Site

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #floods, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #levees-and-dams, #superfund, #tittabawassee-river-mich, #water-pollution

Michigan Dams Breached, Forcing Evacuation of Midland: Live Updates

Officials warned of life-threatening danger after the two dams northwest of Detroit failed.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #saginaw-mich, #tittabawassee-river-mich

2 Dams Are Breached in Michigan, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

The failure of the dams was expected to bring record-setting flooding, with response complicated by the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #tittabawassee-river-mich

China Limited the Mekong’s Flow. Other Countries Suffered a Drought.

New research show that Beijing’s engineers appear to have directly caused the record low levels of water in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

#cambodia, #china, #drought, #hydroelectric-power, #laos, #levees-and-dams, #mekong-river, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #thailand, #vietnam, #water