Minnesota’s Rapidan Dam faces imminent failure after flooding breach

Minnesota’s Rapidan Dam faces imminent failure after flooding breach

On Monday morning, June 24, 2024, flooding on the Blue Earth River breached the Rapidan Dam, prompting officials to declare an “imminent failure condition.” This followed debris accumulation identified on June 23, 2024, which led to emergency measures in North Mankato, including road closures and levee construction, with potential downstream impacts predicted to raise river levels by 15 to 60 cm (6 inches to 2 feet) toward Mankato.

Extreme rainfall hits Brazilian state of Bahia, causing catastrophic damage

Extreme rainfall hits Brazilian state of Bahia, causing catastrophic damage

Weeks of heavy rainfall over the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia (population 15 million) caused massive floods and damage, leaving at least 18 people dead, nearly 500 000 affected, and 35 000 displaced. Parts of the state, including capital Salvador, have…

500 000 people at risk of flooding after La Mojana dam overflows, Colombia

500 000 people at risk of flooding after La Mojana dam overflows, Colombia

The La Mojana dam in southwestern Colombia overflowed on August 27, 2021, due to high water levels of the Cauca River caused by atypically heavy rains during the month. The resulting floods affected more than 180 000 people in 39 municipalities across Antioquia,…

Two dams collapse after heavy rains hit Inner Mongolia, China

Two dams collapse after heavy rains hit Inner Mongolia, China

Two dams in North China's Inner Mongolia collapsed on Sunday, July 18, 2021, after heavy rains falling since Saturday. Local citizens were evacuated before the collapse and while material damage is huge, there are no reports of casualties. The combined water…

The aftermath of catastrophic Edenville Dam collapse, Michigan

The aftermath of catastrophic Edenville Dam collapse, Michigan

About 10 000 people living in the towns of Edenville, Sanford, and Midland in central Michigan were forced to evacuate on May 19, 2020, after days of heavy rainfall caused catastrophic failure of Edenville and Sanford dams. The National Weather Service (NWS) has…