June 4, 2011 |
An unusually heavy Rocky Mountain snowmelt coupled with spring rains have swelled the Missouri River and its dams to dangerously high levels, prompting thousands of North and South Dakota residents to evacuate and prepare for flooding. The rising river flowing through the Dakotas has strained infrastructure designed to protect communities in the Missouri River basin, said Michael Fowle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, S.D. "It's the perfect storm, but in the worst sense," Fowle said.
May 25, 2011 |
On a frosty May morning in 1951, a young woman named Louise Holding Eagle jumped into the cab of her pickup truck, waved goodbye to her husband and two toddlers, and drove off to buy groceries in Beulah, N.D., the nearest town, about 35 miles from their farm. Louise decided to make a day of it when she ran into old friends at the store, and finally turned for home at twilight. "None of us had phones back then, but my husband Matthew was an easygoin' man, and I knew he wouldn't mind if I was late.
June 15, 2010 |
Up to 10 inches of rain pummeled parts of Oklahoma City on Monday, unleashing flash floods that stranded drivers and prompted numerous rescues, including a teenage girl who grasped at tree branches to stay afloat. Some Oklahoma City streets were deep with floodwaters and rescuers used boats to pull residents and others to safety. Widespread power outages also hit the area. The downpour came in less than 12 hours, and another 2 to 4 inches were expected Monday night, the National Weather Service said.
June 13, 2010 |
Rescue crews were desperately searching by foot, horseback and kayak Saturday for dozens of people feared lost after a flash flood ravaged an isolated Arkansas campground, killing 18 people. The flood, which woke campers at the Albert Pike Campground and ripped 5-inch slabs of asphalt from parking lots, barreled through the area about 5:30 a.m. Friday. The Little Missouri River, popular for rainbow trout and smallmouth bass fishing, was about 20 feet high at one point, said Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe at a news conference Saturday.
January 11, 2009 |
A silver medal that may have been given to a Nez Perce Indian chief by Lewis and Clark in 1806 as a symbol of America's emerging power has made an improbable journey from the rolling Clearwater Valley to New York City's concrete canyons. Its provenance isn't ironclad, but some historians believe the Jefferson Peace Medal minted in Philadelphia went up the Missouri River in a pirogue, was buried and exhumed from an Indian grave by Northern Pacific Railroad workers and eventually landed with Edward Dean Adams, the New York financier and J.P. Morgan contemporary.
May 11, 2007 |
Floodwaters rose still higher across Missouri on Thursday, leading residents to remove valuables from their homes and fill sandbags to protect river communities. Near-record flooding that inundated the village of Big Lake this week broke more levees Thursday, and water levels were expected to peak in some spots this weekend. In other areas, however, the danger appeared to be passing. The Missouri River had fallen a few inches Thursday near Craig, where inmates from a St.