US Senators Introduce Flood Detection Bill

Flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Homes and buildings are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 27, 2020. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

A group of senators recently introduced legislation that would establish a National Integrated Flood Information System.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 5, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Tropical Storm Beta Floods Houston, Dumps Rain on Gulf Coast

A truck drives through a flooded street in Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 21. A truck drives through a flooded street in Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 21. (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

Tropical Storm Beta is flooding Houston as it slows to a crawl along the Gulf Coast, forcing highways to shut and threatening to boost water levels even more before meandering toward Louisiana.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
September 22, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Gulf Coast Braces for Second Round of Flooding in Sally’s Wake

A boat is washed up near a road in Orange Beach, Ala., on Sept. 16. A boat is washed up near a road in Orange Beach, Ala., on Sept. 16. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Homeowners and businesses along the soggy Gulf Coast began cleaning up Sept. 17 in the wake of Hurricane Sally, even as the region braced for a delayed, second round of flooding in the coming days from rivers and creeks swollen by the storm’s heavy rains.

September 17, 2020
Government, Business

Corn, Wheat Spike After US Cuts Forecasts on Midwest Flooding

Farmer plants corn in Kansas A farmer plants corn against a backdrop of wind turbines June 8 in a field near Vesper, Kan. (Associated Press/Charlie Riedel)

Corn’s waning rally snapped back to life after the U.S. government predicted a deluge in the country’s grain belt will harm supply more than analysts expected.

June 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Hundreds of Barges Stalled as Floods Hinder Midwest Supplies

Flooding Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Hundreds of barges are stalled on the Mississippi River, clogging the main circulatory system for a farm-belt economy battered by a relentless, record-setting string of snow, rainstorms and flooding.

June 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Midwest Floods Deliver Another Economic Blow to Farmers

flooding Floodwaters surround corn sitting under a collapsed grain bins in this aerial photograph over Pacific Junction, Iowa (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Chad Korth’s Nebraska farm mostly was unscathed from the catastrophic floods that inundated nearby fields thanks to being positioned atop a hill. But as the waters recede, he’s not expecting to be spared the financial blow that’s hitting the region.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Spring Floods Threaten Most of Continental US

flooding Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The deluge that devastated so much of the Midwest over the last week could be a preview for one of the worst years for flooding in the United States, according to federal weather officials.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
March 22, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Rail Closures Disrupt Livestock Feed Supplies for California Farms

Union Pacific Train TT File Photo

Some farms, dairies and feed companies in the San Joaquin Valley of California are facing shortages of livestock feed supplies after deadly river flooding in the Midwest closed major railroad shipping corridors in recent days.

Tim Sheehan | The Fresno, Calif. Bee
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

America’s Farmers Call for Help as Debts Climb to 1980s Levels

Farmers (Pamphlets offered by during meetings at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Loganville, Wis. (Lauren Justice/Bloomberg News)

The worst agricultural downturn since the 1980s is taking its toll on the emotional well-being of American farmers. In Kentucky, Montana and Florida, operators at Farm Aid’s hotline have seen a doubling of contacts for everything from financial counseling to crisis assistance.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Rail Lines Cut in Flooded Midwest, Which Faces More Rain

flooding Scott Olson/Bloomberg News

The Great Plains and Midwest, struggling with flooding that inundated roads and farms and pushed rivers to record heights, is set to get more rain ahead, with light showers forecast over the next few days and a heavier downpour next week.

March 19, 2019