Tag: Levees and Dams

Still Menaced by Flooding, Louisiana Dodges a Storm’s Worst Blows

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tropical Storm Barry’s second day on land brought waves of both relief and worry on Sunday. The slow-moving storm continued to kick up funnel clouds, tornadoes and sheets of heavy rain in parts of Louisiana, leaving some coastal communities with waterlogged homes and flooded roads. But the state’s largest metropolitan areas, […]

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Hurricane Barry Spares New Orleans (So Far), as Inland Cities Brace for Floods

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Barry crept onto the shores of Louisiana west of flood-weary New Orleans on Saturday, drawing cautious optimism from city residents who saw little rainfall from the storm as of evening, and from officials in western coastal parishes that were drenched and battered but had prepared for much worse. After a brief […]

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Photos of Tropical Storm Barry’s Crawl Toward the Louisiana Coast

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana residents hunkered down on Saturday morning as Tropical Storm Barry punched its way slowly and ominously toward the coast, causing widespread power failures, more than a dozen emergency rescues and pounding rainfall in some communities. The major storm, the first to strike the country this season, was proving to be a […]

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Katrina on Its Mind, New Orleans Keeps an Anxious Eye on Tropical Storm Barry

NEW ORLEANS — Water can come at you from multiple angles in a city surrounded by it. Joseph Thomas, 51, remembers how it came into his neighborhood last time. “We would not be talking about Katrina had the levees not broke,” he said, explaining that the disaster in 2005 happened because faulty levees and flood […]

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Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes

Morgan City’s motto is “Right in the Middle of Everywhere.” On Saturday morning, the Louisiana city of 12,000 people may find itself right in the middle of a hurricane. Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Barry, now out in the Gulf of Mexico, to develop into a Category 1 hurricane and land right on the city, which […]

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With More Storms and Rising Seas, Which U.S. Cities Should Be Saved First?

WASHINGTON — As disaster costs keep rising nationwide, a troubling new debate has become urgent: If there’s not enough money to protect every coastal community from the effects of human-caused global warming, how should we decide which ones to save first? After three years of brutal flooding and hurricanes in the United States, there is […]

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In the Midwest, Relentless Floods Dredge Up ‘Shadow’ of 1993

DAVENPORT, Iowa — In downtown Davenport, where the overflow from the Mississippi River is lapping at a new taproom in the heart of downtown, weary business owners cannot get another flood from years ago out of their minds. Three hundred miles downriver, in Valmeyer, Ill., some of those who stuck around in the lowlands after […]

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Army Corps Under Fire From Flood Victims Amid Storm Surge

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — People whose homes had flooded filled the pews of a Baptist church that was still standing on dry ground. They bowed their heads as Oklahoma’s junior senator, James Lankford, led everyone in a prayer. But when a representative of the Army Corps of Engineers stood at the microphone to address residents […]

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