GALVESTON, Texas (AP) Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region's petrochemical facilities, possibly triggering an environmental disaster.

The new Herbert Hoover High School campus beginning to take shape near Elkview, W.V., "is an excellent example of planning with foresight," said Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) chief Pete T. Gaynor, who observed earth-moving work under way at the school's construction site Sept.

LANSING, Mich (AP) State investigators and contractors started assessing the remaining portion of a Michigan dam whose failure this spring contributed to millions of dollars in flood damage and destroyed more than 100 houses. The state said Aug. 10 that it is taking over the assessment after the owners failed to comply with a federal court order to determine what additional work might be needed to stabilize the Edenville Dam and ensure the safety of residents in the Midland County area.

The city of Birmingham, Ala., has started fixing a dangerous problem spot on its south side. The 6th Avenue South CSX Viaduct is in a flood-prone area and cars and trucks passing underneath it have dealt with high water at the intersection for years. However, on Aug.

The final phase of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas City Levees Project is under way at various stages of design and construction to start in the Fall with the investment of $453 million to cover levee and floodwall raises; replacements and repairs to existing pump stations; improvements to aging infrastructure; and seepage and stability improvements.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded an emergency contract to begin debris removal at two bridge locations on M-30 in Midland and Gladwin counties, following a historic flooding event in May. M-30 structures over the Tittabawassee River in northern Midland County and over the Tobacco River in Gladwin County were both impacted by flooding.

Sealevel Construction of Thibodaux, La., the company that has been awarded two major contracts for the state's Bayou Chene Flood Control Project, has now earned a National Excellence in Construction (EIC) award for its Falgout Canal Flood Control Structure in Dularge.

On May 17, heavy rains washed out a culvert and earth beneath the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 near Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio. An emergency culvert replacement project began to remove the failed corrugated metal culvert and replace it with a 78-in.

Traffic is flowing again on U.S.-10 near Sanford as the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reopened a portion of the freeway severely damaged in May flooding. Following completion of the first phase of emergency repairs, MDOT opened the eastbound lanes of U.S.-10 and will use crossovers to allow vehicles to travel in both directions until the westbound lanes can be repaired.

The Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project (MREFPP) is a continuing project in North Dakota that is designed to reduce the risk of future flooding throughout the entire Mouse River Basin. The Mouse River, or the Souris River in Canada, originates in southeast Saskatchewan and travels 357 mi.

Only hours after parts of Michigan experienced what is described as a 500-year flood, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) engineers were preparing emergency inspection and repair contracts. The floods damaged dozens of bridges, caused the failure of two privately owned dams and closed roads, as well as impacting infrastructure throughout Midland County.