Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them

Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them

https://ift.tt/2KKr6H1

Mike Stone, left, and Andy Sherman in the pumping station for Hannibal, Mo., during a flood in 1993. The city has since constructed a flood wall, and flood managers have built up levees to protect against flooding. But scientists warn those structures are making flooding worse.

For more than 150 years, scientists have known that levees increase flood risk on the Mississippi River. That hasn’t stopped local officials from building up levees in response to more severe floods.

(Image credit: Cliff Schiappa/AP)

Superforest

via Environment : NPR https://ift.tt/2iBXQGl

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s