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New Orleans prepares for extreme rainfall and flooding event

New Orleans - Tropical Storm Barry strengthened Friday as it crawled west-northwest over the Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of 65 mph. The NHC's 1:00 p..m. update anticipates the storm strengthening to at least a Category 1 hurricane.

New Orleans under water — Mississippi could breach levees

New Orleans - A storm swamped streets in New Orleans and prompted a tornado warning near the city Wednesday as concerns grew that even worse weather is on the way to Louisiana and other states along the Gulf of Mexico.

Asian carp: The other white fish

Asian carp were imported to the United States in the 1970's to control algae in aquaculture ponds. But much like the mongoose that was imported to the Hawaii islands to control rats, the carp proliferated and are now an invasive, nuisance species.

Dangerous drop in the Mississippi's water levels

Thebes - Following the worst drought in half a century, that has brought water levels in the Mississippi close to historic lows, agencies are reporting that this could shut down all shipping in a matter of weeks.

L.A. Woman's Body Found In Mississippi River

Vicksburg - Barge workers on the Mississippi River came to a startling discovery Tuesday, finding the body of a West Monroe, La woman dead.

New report on Gulf ecosystem gives mixed review

Washington - A new study on the Gulf of Mexico's coastal wetlands and wildlife a year after BP's Deepwater Horizon debacle suggests some wildlife species are recovering while others are in an imperiled state, with recoveries dependent on decisive action.

Five US states sue federal government over Asian carp invasion

Five US states have sued Chicago’s water authority and the federal government in an effort to stop an invasion of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

Three Dead Babies Found In Mississippi River

Red Wing, Minn. - Between 1999 and 2003, the bodies of two newborn infants were pulled from the river...both boys. This past March, another newborn was pulled from the river, making this the third unidentified infant. This last one was a little girl.

PBS Launches Fatal Flood Website

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage. Racing south from Cairo, Illinois, the river blew away levee after levee, inundating thousands of farms and hundreds of towns, killin...
 

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Aerial photograph of the first bay opening on the Morganza Floodway on 14 May 2011. The Mississippi ...
Aerial photograph of the first bay opening on the Morganza Floodway on 14 May 2011. The Mississippi River is in the upper left background, and the Atchafalaya Floodway to the right.
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Coast Guard cutter along the lower Mississippi River.
Coast Guard cutter along the lower Mississippi River.
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PROBLEM-SOLVERS?: A group of alligator gars (atractosteus spatula) swim at the Steinhart Aquarium  p...
PROBLEM-SOLVERS?: A group of alligator gars (atractosteus spatula) swim at the Steinhart Aquarium, part of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, in 2009.
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