Midwestern river cities brace for spring floodwaters
Clarksville, MO ~Artists, farmers, National Guardsmen — even prison inmates — pitched in Saturday to help a small Missouri river town hold back the bulging Mississippi River. River traffic, including barges, is at a standstill because the fast-flowing Mississippi is too dangerous for travel. Nearly all of the locks between the Quad Cities and mid-Missouri have been closed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Read More.
~A restaurant sits surrounded by floodwater Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Louisiana, Mo. Communities along the Mississippi River and other rain-engorged waterways are waging feverish bids to hold back floodwaters that may soon approach record levels. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game. The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, et al. The case pits Oklahoma against Texas over rights to water from the river that forms part of the border between them. Depending on how the court decides, it could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.