Flooding

6:01am

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Midwest's Floods Aren't Over, But So Far, So Good

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 10:51 am

As the Mississippi River has risen in St. Louis, the city's Lewis and Clark statue has — as often happens in the spring — been partially submerged.
Bill Greenblatt UPI /Landov

The good news is that "the big river didn't get too big," The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes this morning.

"Sandbags held back the cresting Mississippi River from several towns north of St. Louis on Sunday," it adds, "while the forecast for the immediate vicinity remained high but manageable."

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1:44pm

Sun April 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Midwest River Towns Ready Themselves For Cresting Floodwaters

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 4:28 pm

In Clarksville, Mo., Bob Bailey adjusts a pump as he tries to keep floodwater from the Mississippi River out of a rental property Sunday. The small community has worked for days to build a makeshift sandbag levee.
Jeff Roberson AP

Towns in Missouri, central Illinois and at least four other Midwestern states are under a flood warning, as heavy spring rains swell the Mississippi and other rivers to dangerously high crests. In some areas, rivers have already hit record flood levels.

In places where residents have been forced to evacuate their homes, the American Red Cross has set up shelters at schools and other facilities.

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1:05pm

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Storm System Floods Parts Of Chicago, Threatens Tornadoes

A motorist drives through standing water in a flooded underpass on Thursday in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Olson Getty Images

A large storm system moving through the center of the country, has already caused major flooding in Chicago and is threatening to bring severe weather to the Tennessee Valley all the way to the Gulf Coast, tonight.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, NBC Chicago reported.

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3:15pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 434: Dealing With Danger, Death, And Crime

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On today's show: Four short stories about how we deal with the threat of danger, death, and crime.

Here's more on those stories:

1. Why Is The Government In The Flood Insurance Business? The quick answer to why the government sells flood insurance: a hugely damaging hurricane named Betsy.

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4:12pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Around the Nation

Questions Sprout Up Over Razed California Wildlife Reserve

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 5:23 pm

The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve after the land was stripped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Several advocates, including elected leaders, are protesting the move.
Courtesy of Mathew Tekulsky

Just a stone's throw from two of Los Angeles' busiest freeways lies the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, a unique spot in an urban jungle.

The northern portion of the reserve is adorned with 30-foot-tall cottonwood trees, spots of coyote bush and other plants. Native plants cover 50 percent of the nature spot, says Kris Ohlenkamp with the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society.

"On the other side it was significantly more than that," he says.

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