September 26th, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Threat of levee failure prompts evacuations along Wisconsin River

Authorities in Portage, Wisconsin, worked Sunday to evacuate residents as a levee along the Wisconsin River approached imminent failure after heavy rainfall soaked the Midwest last week.

"It could collapse at any time," said Greg Matthews, a spokesman for Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources.

An alert sent out by Columbia County Emergency Management on Sunday urged residents near Blackhawk Park to evacuate immediately ahead of the flooding, which is expected to wash out a main road leading to about 150 residences.


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August 23rd, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Company to pay $52.4 million in Minneapolis bridge collapse

A $52.4 million settlement has been reached between victims of a 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the engineering firm responsible for the bridge's inspection, the victims' attorneys said Monday.

Thirteen people were killed in the collapse, which occurred at rush hour.

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