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Weather
7:04 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources

Flooding across the Upper Midwest, including Iowa, over the last couple weeks has soaked homes and fields and left local governments scrambling.
Dirk Lammers AP

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 1:28 pm

Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.

Fans hum 24/7 as Laura Westra tries to dry out her sopping-wet basement in the small town of Rock Valley, Iowa.

The nearby Rock River, in the northwest corner of the state, swelled last week wider and deeper than anyone can remember.

"We've lived here 45 years, and this is the first time we had water in the basement," Westra says.

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Weather
11:46 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Miller County experiencing "historic" flooding, and it could get worse

Miller County Emergency Management Director Barlow Biggers says the county hasn’t seen Osage River flooding like this in 30 years.

As of 11:00am Wednesday, Biggers says 30 county roads and three highways had been closed or are under water. He says the fire department had also already had to respond to three swift water rescues, which were all successful.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:17 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Flooding causes state of emergency in Pulaski County

Light rain falls Tuesday morning on the MSU campus. Additional rains throughout the region on top of already saturated soil is causing flash flooding
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

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.

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.

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Weather
7:17 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Despite rain, drought still an issue for Missouri

Credit Camille Phillips / Harvest Public Media

Drought remains a threat to Missouri, despite the wet spring and improved rainfall this summer.  

Right now, a large portion of northwest Missouri is experiencing moderate drought conditions, while the rest of the state is classified as either “abnormally dry” or normal.

“We are looking at abnormally wet conditions along the Mississippi River and points to the east, where things get progressively wetter across parts of south-central Illinois," said Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.

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Weather
3:13 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Drivers asked to be cautious due to heavy rainfall

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced that it would close the Champ Clark Bridge on U.S. 54 at 7 p.m. on Friday due to flooding.
Credit Doug Wallick / Flickr

Heavy rainfall across Missouri has caused flash flooding and road closures in Boone County and could cause flooding along the Mississippi.

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Weather
7:45 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Heavy rain means flooding on roads, rivers

Here's what it looked like as the rain fell over Columbia at about 7:30am Friday morning
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

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, which you can check here at any time for the latest information. As of 7:30am Friday morning, 18 roads were closed in Boone County due to flooding. The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map is also worth checking before heading out on the road today.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:54 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Army Corps trying to stave off Mo. River flooding

Credit File / KBIA

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.

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.

“… 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.

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Weather
4:01 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Emergency officials urge Memorial Day drivers to use caution on roads

Credit PG Palmer / Flickr

The Columbia/Boone County’s Office of Emergency Management is urging those out celebrating Memorial Day today to use caution, especially when driving, after recent rains have flooded some area roads.

Residents are advised to pay attention to flash flood warnings that have been issued for the area, and to –  “turn around, don’t drown” rather than attempting to drive through flooded areas.

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Weather
10:57 am
Thu May 2, 2013

After Socking The Rockies, Snowstorm Moves East

A snowplow clears slush from the parking lot of Creighton Prep in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday after a spring storm dumped slush and snow on parts of Nebraska and Iowa.
Nati Harnik AP

Arbor Day celebrations have come and gone, but winter weather is gripping the Plains and Upper Midwest. The storm that dumped snow in the Rockies a day earlier is threatening to blanket parts of the region with up to 8 inches of snow on Thursday.

The National Weather Service warns: "Significant accumulations of snow continue to be reported across portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, with over 15 inches already in Dodge Center, (Minn.)."

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Weather
8:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Severe storms hits Midwest with snow, ice, winds

Storms packing rain, snow and dangerous winds have raked the Midwest, spawning a possible tornado outside of St. Louis that prompted an emergency declaration from Missouri's governor.

To the north icy weather left thousands without power and prompted Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to call out the state National Guard to aid residents as the state braced for another storm system that threatened to dump several inches of wet snow Thursday.

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Agriculture
10:05 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Even after Hurricane Isaac, some Midwest farmers mired in drought

Hurricane Issac in Wisconsin.
MaryLouiseEklund/flickr

Heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac provided relief to some – but not all – farmers and ranchers in the drought-stricken Midwest, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report, which came out on Thursday.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:02 am
Wed December 7, 2011

World AIDS Day marks 30 years

World AIDS Day was December 1. In Columbia, residents held a candle-light vigil at the corner of College and Broadway.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

This year marks a grim birthday: it was thirty years ago that the first AIDS victims were officially diagnosed. Though the rate of new HIV infections in the US has stabilized in recent years, the percentage of those in rural areas has been on the rise. In this weekly Health & Wealth update, World AIDS Day.

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