flooding http://kbia.org en Federal flood insurance premiums to increase http://kbia.org/post/federal-flood-insurance-premiums-increase <p>For thousands of Missouri residents, flood insurance premiums are about to go up.</p><p>People living in flood plains around the nation will soon see a jump in premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program, though a new law softens the blow a bit.</p><p>Under a 2012 statute, premiums could have risen from $2,000 annually to $13,000 each year, but residential rate hikes are now limited to an increase of 18 percent a year.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:57:27 +0000 Associated Press 50112 at http://kbia.org Federal flood insurance premiums to increase Nixon seeks disaster declaration for 22 counties http://kbia.org/post/nixon-seeks-disaster-declaration-22-counties <p>Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for 22 southern Missouri counties hit hard by this month's floods.</p><p>Nixon said Tuesday the costs of emergency response and repairs will be high.</p><p>The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across the southern tier and left at least three people dead.</p><p>Nixon announced his request in Conway, where the wastewater treatment system was heavily damaged.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:51:11 +0000 Person: Associated Press 39527 at http://kbia.org Nixon seeks disaster declaration for 22 counties "At least 90%" of Pulaski roads damaged by floods http://kbia.org/post/least-90-pulaski-roads-damaged-floods <p></p><p>Officials in south-central Missouri's Pulaski County say at least 90 percent of their roads were damaged by last week's heavy flooding.</p><p>Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk tells KOLR-TV the damage to 65 percent of the roadways in the county is considered major. About two dozen low-water crossings were washed out and remain closed. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:02:28 +0000 Associated Press 38913 at http://kbia.org "At least 90%" of Pulaski roads damaged by floods Nixon visits flooded areas in southern Missouri http://kbia.org/post/nixon-visits-flooded-areas-southern-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay Nixon toured parts of flood-ravaged south-central Missouri Thursday following days of heavy rains, which damaged dozens of homes and killed a young boy.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Nixon praised the work of local organizations in their response efforts, including the Red Cross, whose Waynesville shelter housed 27 people Wednesday night. Nixon has called upon the Missouri National Guard for security and traffic control, as numerous streets have been closed, including sections of I-44 earlier this week.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:54:40 +0000 Scott Harvey 38561 at http://kbia.org Nixon visits flooded areas in southern Missouri I-44, US-63 reopen, but some Missouri roads still closed due to flood http://kbia.org/post/i-44-us-63-reopen-some-missouri-roads-still-closed-due-flood <p>The Missouri Department of Transportation <a href="http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/">has begun re-opening</a> many Mid-Missouri roads and highways that were closed due to flooding, but some county roads are still affected, particularly those near the Osage River.</p><p>MODOT reopened the 14 mile stretch of I-44 near Jerome southwest of Rolla Thursday morning, which had been closed for nearly 24 hours. Highway 63 near Westphalia was also closed Wednesday afternoon due to water on the road, but that route was also re-opened Thursday morning. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:04:32 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Associated Press 38488 at http://kbia.org I-44, US-63 reopen, but some Missouri roads still closed due to flood 14 miles of I-44 closed amid more flooding in southern Missouri http://kbia.org/post/14-miles-i-44-closed-amid-more-flooding-southern-missouri <p>Heavy rains are falling again in waterlogged areas of south-central Missouri, causing power outages and some evacuations.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Transportation closed lanes of Interstate 44 south of Rolla after about 6 inches of rain fell in the area Wednesday morning. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:13:14 +0000 Associated Press 38409 at http://kbia.org Flooding causes state of emergency in Pulaski County http://kbia.org/post/flooding-causes-state-emergency-pulaski-county <p></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain caused flash flooding in the south-central part of the state. Nixon has spoken with emergency responders in Pulaski County and Waynesville, assuring them the region will get help.</p><p>A child was killed and several homes and businesses damaged after several inches of rain last night and this morning caused flooding in Waynesville. The Highway Patrol deployed extra troopers, a rescue helicopter and other assets to help emergency responders. Nixon's executive order also activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions on emergency services. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:17:32 +0000 Associated Press 38379 at http://kbia.org Flooding causes state of emergency in Pulaski County Scotland County added to federal disaster assistance list http://kbia.org/post/scotland-county-added-federal-disaster-assistance-list <p>The federal government has added a northeast Missouri county to the list of areas eligible for disaster assistance following severe storms and floods in late spring. The addition of Scotland County brings the total to 28 counties in which local governments and nonprofit agencies may seek federal assistance to help cover their response and recovery expenses.</p><p>The federal disaster declaration covers damage from storms and flooding from May 29 to June 10.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:25:23 +0000 Associated Press 38344 at http://kbia.org Scotland County added to federal disaster assistance list Drivers asked to be cautious due to heavy rainfall http://kbia.org/post/drivers-asked-be-cautious-due-heavy-rainfall <p>Heavy rainfall across Missouri has caused flash flooding and road closures in Boone County and could cause flooding along the Mississippi.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:13:37 +0000 A. J. Feather 34668 at http://kbia.org Drivers asked to be cautious due to heavy rainfall Heavy rain means flooding on roads, rivers http://kbia.org/post/heavy-rain-means-flooding-roads-rivers <p></p><p>Heavy rain throughout Mid-Missouri is causing flooding in many areas, and storms are expected to continue throughout Friday. Boone County Emergency Management keeps a live-updated list of road closures, <a href="http://www.showmeboone.com/oem/closures/">which you can check here at any time</a> for the latest information. As of 7:30am Friday morning, 18 roads were closed in Boone County due to flooding. <a href="http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/">The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map</a> is also worth checking before heading out on the road today. Fri, 31 May 2013 12:45:53 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Associated Press 34638 at http://kbia.org Heavy rain means flooding on roads, rivers Army Corps trying to stave off Mo. River flooding http://kbia.org/post/army-corps-trying-stave-mo-river-flooding <p></p><p>After several days of heavy rain across the lower Missouri River basin, the amount of water released into the river is being reduced to help minimize flooding.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it began reducing the amount of water flowing into the Missouri River on Sunday because of concerns about flooding downstream. On Sunday, the Corps decreased the amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam, located on the South Dakota-Nebraska state line, from 24,000 cubic feet per second to 12,000 cubic feet per second.</p><p></p><p>“… that will help the peak stages on the river in some locations and also shorten the duration of the high flows,” the Corps’ Jody Farhat said. Wed, 29 May 2013 21:54:51 +0000 Associated Press & A.J. Feather 34550 at http://kbia.org Army Corps trying to stave off Mo. River flooding Flooding causes road closures in mid-Missouri http://kbia.org/post/flooding-causes-road-closures-mid-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flooding from thunder storms has caused a large number of road closures in mid-Missouri, Thursday.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:13:35 +0000 Russell Chapin 32294 at http://kbia.org Flooding causes road closures in mid-Missouri Newscast for January 30, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-january-30-2013-0 <p>Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:07:22 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 28095 at http://kbia.org Storms boost Midwestern river levels http://kbia.org/post/storms-boost-midwestern-river-levels <p>Some Midwestern rivers that were near record lows are on the verge of flooding after storms dumped up to 3 inches of rain, giving a boost to drought-ravaged waterways. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:41:33 +0000 Associated Press 28091 at http://kbia.org Storms boost Midwestern river levels Work progressing on Mississippi River projects http://kbia.org/post/work-progressing-mississippi-river-projects <p>Flood protection projects are progressing on both sides of the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:29:29 +0000 Associated Press 23440 at http://kbia.org Work progressing on Mississippi River projects Newscast for Friday, July 20, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-friday-july-20-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Engineers check on reconstruction following floods last year</li><li>McCaskill targets Republican opponents in TV ads</li><li>Sister company of Missouri lead producer criticized for pollution in Peru Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:59:49 +0000 Jacob Fenston 17913 at http://kbia.org Newscast for Friday, July 20, 2012 Engineers check on reconstruction following floods last year http://kbia.org/post/engineers-check-reconstruction-following-floods-last-year <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers visited Cairo, Illinois on yesterday to check on reconstruction projects following last year&rsquo;s devastating floods. The Corps will invest more than $100 million toward flood protection systems at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:55:23 +0000 Jacob McCleland 17910 at http://kbia.org Engineers check on reconstruction following floods last year Corps: States can help improve flood forecasting http://kbia.org/post/corps-states-can-help-improve-flood-forecasting <p>The top military officer in charge of managing the Missouri River system says the agency needs help from states to improve its ability to predict water runoff. Wed, 23 May 2012 21:32:32 +0000 Associated Press 14669 at http://kbia.org Corps: States can help improve flood forecasting Flooding from last year still has farmers playing catch-up http://kbia.org/post/flooding-last-year-still-has-farmers-playing-catch <p>A Columbia lawyer is utilizing a federal program to try to bring so-called, &ldquo;immigrant investors&rdquo; to Mid Missouri. Plus, Harvest Public Media reports on the lasting effects of last year&rsquo;s flooding. Wed, 16 May 2012 22:18:56 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 14274 at http://kbia.org Flooding from last year still has farmers playing catch-up Report: frequency of severe storms in Midwest doubled over past 50 years http://kbia.org/post/report-frequency-severe-storms-midwest-doubled-over-past-50-years A new report from <a href="http://rockymountainclimate.org/index.htm">the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization</a> and <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/">the Natural Resources Defense Council</a> shows that the frequency of severe storms across the Midwest has doubled over the past 50 years.<p><a href="http://rockymountainclimate.org/reports_3.htm">The report</a> analyzed precipitation data from more than 200 weather stations in eight Midwestern states.<p>It found that for the period from 1961 to 2011, the frequency of days with more than 3 inches of rain increased by upwards of 80 percent in both Wed, 16 May 2012 21:52:20 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Véronique LaCapra 14271 at http://kbia.org Report: frequency of severe storms in Midwest doubled over past 50 years Bigger reservoirs would not have prevented river flooding http://kbia.org/post/bigger-reservoirs-would-not-have-prevented-river-flooding <p>&nbsp;A report released today by the Army Corps of Engineers says that having more free space in reservoirs along the Missouri River would not have eliminated last year&rsquo;s record floods.</p><p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 22:44:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 12388 at http://kbia.org Bigger reservoirs would not have prevented river flooding U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks to avoid lawsuit http://kbia.org/post/us-army-corps-engineers-looks-avoid-lawsuit <p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year&#39;s intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:21:12 +0000 Associated Press 11635 at http://kbia.org U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks to avoid lawsuit Newscast for April 2, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-april-2-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</p><ul><li>A potential tax break for business and business owners in Missouri.</li><li>A look at how this year&#39;s early warm weather affects insects.</li><li>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to avoid a lawsuit from southeast Missouri farmers.</li></ul> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:06:24 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 11632 at http://kbia.org Newscast for April 2, 2012 Farmers lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in limbo http://kbia.org/post/farmers-lawsuit-against-us-army-corps-engineers-limbo <p><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 150%; ">The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year&#39;s intentional breach of a levee at the height of spring flooding.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:24:48 +0000 Associated Press 11561 at http://kbia.org Farmers lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in limbo Newscast for March 16, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-march-16-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</p><ul><li>Repeat of last year&#39;s flooding unlikely</li><li>Military Academy names new president</li><li>City of Columbia implements new parking meters</li></ul> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:40:16 +0000 Jacob Fenston 10684 at http://kbia.org Newscast for March 16, 2012 Repeat of last year's flooding unlikely http://kbia.org/post/repeat-last-years-flooding-unlikely <p>Missouri experienced record flooding last year along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. But this year, experts say water levels are likely to return to normal. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:55:57 +0000 Samantha Sunne 10681 at http://kbia.org Repeat of last year's flooding unlikely Northwest Mo. levee districts get grants http://kbia.org/post/northwest-mo-levee-districts-get-grants <p>Six levee, drainage and road districts in northwest Missouri will receive a total of about $1.2 million in community development block grants to help repair damage from flooding along the Missouri River. Gov. Jay Nixon&#39;s office said in a release that the six districts are located in Atchison and Holt counties.</p><p>Levee districts applied for the grants to cover either the 20 percent local cost share required under the Army Corps of Engineers&#39; maintenance program, or for the entire cost if the levee district is not part of the Corps&#39; system.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:24:27 +0000 Associated Press 8726 at http://kbia.org Northwest Mo. levee districts get grants Nixon answers questions on flood protection http://kbia.org/post/nixon-answers-questions-flood-protection <p>Governor Jay Nixon met with Missouri Levee and Drainage District members in Columbia this weekend. He and other state and federal officials responded to over eight months of questions from farmers and others on how Missouri&rsquo;s waterways will be protected from future massive flooding. This is the first time a Missouri governor attended an annual levee district association meeting in over 15 years, and with good reason, as Governor Nixon addressed the standing room only crowd, he branded 2011: &ldquo;the year of natural disasters.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:12:56 +0000 Jessica Naudziunas 8692 at http://kbia.org Nixon answers questions on flood protection Newscast for February 13, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-february-13-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</p><ul><li>School closures in Columbia on a snowy morning.</li><li>Governor Nixon heads to Columbia to discuss flood protection.</li><li>The Missouri Supreme Court plans to look again at congressional districts.</li></ul> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 15:57:24 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 8690 at http://kbia.org Newscast for February 13, 2012 Newscast for February 10, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-february-10-2012-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Joplin looking for weather radios</li><li>New video camera&nbsp;for Columbia Police</li><li>True/False Film Festival chooses its lead documentary</li><li>Politicians to meet in Columbia to discuss flooding issues</li></ul> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:59:13 +0000 Brian Pepoon 8618 at http://kbia.org