The Tennessee Valley Authority said workers on Monday were taking precautions to reduce possible flooding at two coal-fired power plants in Tennessee and Kentucky.

TVA said crews were preparing sandbags and inflatable coffer dams for possible use at the 1,369-megawatt Shawnee Fossil Plant west of Paducah, Kentucky, on the Ohio River, and at the 750-MW Allen Fossil Plant on the Mississippi River

Missouri's attorney general asked the Supreme Court on Sunday to intervene and block a proposed federal plan to protect the southern Illinois town of Cairo by blowing up a levee on the Mississippi River.

State Attorney General Chris Koster asked the nation's highest court for a temporary injunction to prevent the U.S.

Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 259 people, and officials said Thursday they expect the death toll to rise.

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The Gulf oil spill has ruined a vital stretch of feeding habitat for whale sharks -probably one of the world's largest fish, says a new research.

Around 4.9 million barrels of oil (one barrel is equivalent to 159 litres) flowed into an area south of the Mississippi River Delta, where one-third of all the northern Gulf of Mexico whale shark sightings have occurred in recent years, say scientists

Thick oil from BP Plc

Thick oil from BP Plc

If the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon rig is not stopped soon it could be the final blow to an already dying Mississippi delta, environmentalists are warning.

Coast Guard officials were investigating reports on Friday morning that oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico had washed ashore overnight, threatening fisheries and wildlife in fragile marshes and islands along the Gulf Coast.

Houston: The US government intensified its response to a spreading oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, mobilising the military to try to avert an environmental disaster along the fragile coastline of Louisiana and three other Gulf states.

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