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Jul 11 2011

A Few Good Reads (7/11/11)

This week: waterlogged on the Missouri, more levee failures coming, widespread flooding not over, Minot residents checking out the damage, and maps in the cloud.

Deluge Puts Flood Control in Spotlight (by Joe Barrett, WSJ)

Any change in the Corps’ operating plan could spark legislative or court fights pitting the Dakotas and Montana, home to the reservoirs and a strong recreational industry, against Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, where shipping and agricultural interests predominate.

Experts expect more Missouri River levee failures (KMOV St. Louis)

The Corps predicts that the river will eventually rise high enough to flow over some 18 to 70 levees, mostly in rural areas of southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and Missouri. Other levees will become saturated, and water can erode their foundations, seep underneath or find other flaws to exploit.

Widespread flood threat to continue through summer (NOAA)

Forecasters say this season could rival the Great Flood of 1993, when the upper Midwest endured persistent, record-breaking floods from April through August, impacting nine states and causing more than $25 billion in damages (adjusted for inflation).

Maps in the Cloud!

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What’s New in ArcGIS Online (July 2011): KML, drag and drop files, WMS support, and improved editing.

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