The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the first of potentially several bays of the Morganza spillway on Saturday afternoon, a move intended to spare some areas from severe flooding while redirecting water into others.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway for the 10th time since 1932. This 7,000-foot structure of gates on the east bank of the Mississippi River, 30 miles above New Orleans, relieves pressure on levees protecting the city by shunting river water into nearby Lake Pontchartrain.
The odds of a weather system in the northern Gulf of Mexico becoming a tropical depression or storm improved Monday evening, but the storm's proximity to shore gives it little time to develop, the National Hurricane Center reported Monday.
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's run-in with a flock of Canada geese may be the most famous man-versus-nature story in recent months. But a federal database opened to the public Friday reveals just how commonplace airplanes' encounters with wildlife are.
Residents along the Gulf of Mexico began evacuating Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Ivan, a Category 4 storm projected to make landfall somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana on Thursday morning.