Army Corps of Engineers

Weather
12:04 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

20 Years Later: A Look Back At The Floods Of 1993

Kenneth L. Kieser Missouri's Great Flood of '93--Revisiting an Epic Natural Disaster

Twenty years ago this summer, monsoon-like rains, unseasonably heavy snowfall and unusual air pressure patterns combined to cause massive flooding across nine Midwestern states.

47 people died. Tens of thousands were forced from their homes, water inundated 75 towns and destroyed millions of acres of farmland. Damages were estimated at $20 billion dollars.

I covered the floods for NPR in 1993, and went back to revisit some of the people and places affected by what’s still called The Great Flood.

A powerful flood

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Central Standard
12:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Army Corps of Engineers Face River Issues

In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers faced infrastructure issues, farmland destruction and reservoir management challenges as it dealt with the aftermath of the flooding. Runoff and drought forecasts for the summer show decreasing drought levels across the Midwest plains and increased soil moisture levels. (See here for more predictions from the Missouri DNR.) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kansas City District produced a good summary of the problems they faced with the flooding and drought of 2011-2012. The Corps also had to defend the maintenance and management of the river’s infrastructure after the 2011 floods.

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Business & Tech
10:26 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Mississippi River Businesses Ask For Emergency Declaration

Mississippi River barge.
The Confluence Flickr

As Mississippi River levels continue to drop, leaders from the river navigation industry sent a letter to President Obama asking for an emergency declaration. 

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Environment
8:19 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Farmers & Environmentalists Dispute Missouri River Plan

Over 120 people crowded into a meeting room at the Lewis and Clark Building in Jefferson City for a hearing on the Jameson Island project on June 11, 2012
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Army Corps of Engineers wants to build a new chute at Jameson Island designed to protect the pallid sturgeon and other native fish species.

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