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  • A Fort Bend engineer's warning, 25 years old, comes true during Harvey

    01/21/2018 5:44:53 AM PST · by Elderberry · 38 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/19/2018 | James Drew
    Twenty-five years ago, Fort Bend County's assistant engineer emerged from a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He had new information, and he was worried. Charles Glen Crocker, then 38, had learned that the footprint for Barker Reservoir was bigger than the land owned by the government, placing future homeowners in the Cinco Ranch and Kelliwood subdivisions within what engineers called "flood pools." The reservoir, dry much of the time, could fill during a major rainstorm and spread into the homes of unsuspecting residents. His resulting letter, written on July 6, 1992, was a warning to county officials:...
  • Water Main Break at JFK Airport Floods Baggage Claim Area, Shuts Down International Flights

    01/07/2018 5:28:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    KTLA ^ | January 7, 2018
    Water flowed into Terminal 4, soaking stranded travelers’ luggage and forcing a partial evacuation of the terminal, the major arrival point for international travelers. Incoming flights to Terminal 4 were shut down for several hours. Up to 3 inches of water formed in the arrivals and customs inspection areas of the terminal and then flowed outside onto a roadway, which was closed because of icing, Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said at a news conference. He said the arrivals area and customs office should reopen within several hours. “The volume of water severely compromised all the operations,” Cotton said,...
  • Marin Voice: Toll road is the only practical solution for Highway 37

    10/15/2017 4:16:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Marin Independent Journal ^ | September 24, 2017 | Jerry Meral
    Highway 37 began life as a private toll road, and was later converted to a state highway. But climate change and sea-level rise will doom the road unless something is done. For the short term, the ridiculous two-lane section between Sears Point and Vallejo needs to be widened to match the rest of the road, which is four lanes. Wetlands surrounding the road also need to be restored. It would be reasonable to use some toll money for wetlands restoration, in part to mitigate the effects of construction. Even with the new funding approved by the Legislature by raising the...
  • Sam Houston Tollway fully reopens after Harvey flooding, damage

    10/09/2017 11:00:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    KHOU ^ | September 11, 2017 | staff
    HOUSTON -- Good news for drivers heading into Monday morning: Sam Houston Tollway's main lanes are now fully open in both directions. That means tens of thousands of commuters can now get back to their regular routes. But with the good news comes some bad news: Harris County Tolls will start up again Tuesday at 4 a.m. on all toll roads except for the section of Sam Houston Tollway between Highway 59 and Highway 290. Tolls will be waived because some feeder roads are still closed. Fort Bend County Tolls resume Monday. The toll way opening is a few days...
  • Tropical Storm Nate aims at New Orleans amid worries about drainage system

    10/06/2017 8:33:46 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune/AP ^ | 6-Oct-2017 | Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill
    When Tropical Storm Nate formed and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path for this weekend, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work? "That's now a thought in everybody who lives in New Orleans," said Devin Shearman, a manager at Katie's restaurant and lounge, which flooded during an unexpected rainstorm Aug. 5. It was one of two flash floods this past summer that led to revelations about personnel and equipment problems at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the agency that runs the pumping system that drains the city. Some pumps weren't...
  • Section of Houston tollway damaged by Harvey still closed

    09/15/2017 7:58:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | September 11, 2017 | Don McLoud
    The northbound lanes of a main section of the West Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8, which were flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey, were reopened Sept. 7 after pumping out standing water, but the southbound lanes likely won’t open until the middle of this week, according to the Harris County Toll Road Authority in Houston. The authority reported Sept. 7 that the tollway section from Westheimer to Interstate 10 was a lake, with 14 feet of water, when pumps arrived. By then, the water had finally receded enough for the authority and the Texas Department of Transportation to start pumping out the...
  • A Calf Named Irma

    09/12/2017 10:39:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/12/17 | Judi McLeod
    Hurricane Irma Florida House Call It was definitely in a “glad-I’m-still-here-to-see-for-myself” mood that Doug Bronson ventured outside early this morning to see what kind of damage Hurricane Irma left on his multi acre farm, near Haines City, Polk County, Florida. Doug, known fondly as “Dub” had spent Sunday at his house, hunkering down with neighbors and friends listening to the shrieking winds, house pounding and lashing rains of Hurricane Irma. He was pretty sure that his 45 KW, 30 HP diesel generator would keep the electricity running, and it did.
  • Hurricane Harvey’s Massive Flooding Also Destroyed Hundreds of Thousands of Cars

    09/04/2017 11:18:45 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 59 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 3, 2017 | Jennifer Calfas
    Hurricane Harvey's massive flooding has displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes across southeast Texas and Louisiana. Now, Wired reports Harvey's devastating path has also left as many people without cars. Insurance companies have received at least 100,000 claims for cars impacted by Harvey, according to Wired. Seventy-five percent of those claims have been for totaled cars, with the number of claims expected to rise. Others estimate Harvey has destroyed up to five times more: Cox Automotive chief economist Jonathan Smoke told USA Today he believes 300,000 to 500,000 vehicles were destroyed by Harvey's...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • Rescued Woman Goes Off On CNN For Hurricane Harvey Coverage

    08/29/2017 12:33:12 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 127 replies
    The CNN correspondent continued to ask questions and touch the mother’s arm as she and her daughter were crying. “We walked through four feet of water to get food on the first day,” the mother said, clearly annoyed at this point. “Yeah, that’s a lot of sh*t.” “But y’all sit here, y’all trying to interview people during their worst times — like that’s not the smartest thing to do. Like people are really breaking down and y’all sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the f*ck is wrong with us,” she continued. “And you really trying...
  • For years, the Houston area has been losing ground (May 2016)

    08/29/2017 10:42:41 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 41 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/28/2016 | John Harden
    For years, the Houston area has been losing ground By John D. HardenMay 28, 2016Houston is sinking - and has been for decades.As torrential rains have pounded the city in consecutive years, leading to repeated, heavy and deadly flooding, this inconvenient fact contributes to the region's misery.Parts of Harris County have dropped between 10 and 12 feet since the 1920s, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey.State and local officials have made various efforts over the past 40 years to stabilize the ground, but some areas continue to sink - by as much as 2 inches per year.Spring Branch,...
  • Obama Pretends To Be President To Texas Flood Victims – Backfires (language warning)

    08/28/2017 4:17:14 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | Top Stories Today
    Obama Pretends To Be President To Texas Flood Victims – Backfires When They Saw What Else He Did | Top Stories Today
  • Woman whose Texas home is surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Harvey films an alligator [tr]

    08/28/2017 6:04:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 28, 2017 | Kelly McLaughlin
    As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter Texas with heavy rains and deep flooding, alligators seeking higher ground have infiltrated at least one neighborhood in a Houston suburb. A woman from Missouri City, southwest of Houston, posted a video on Facebook showing two alligators swimming through her backyard on Sunday. As the water continued to rise around Arlene Gonzalez Kelsch's home, she showed one alligator swimming close to a nearby road while another made its way toward her patio.
  • First responders put out call for citizens with boats

    08/27/2017 12:23:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies ^ | Aug 27, 2017 | KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News
    Galveston County and several cities are requesting assistance from experienced boaters willing to help with the large number of high water rescues waiting to be made across the area. Please contact these departments directly if you can help: Galveston County Sheriff's Office: League City Police Department: Dickinson Police Department: Santa Fe Police Department:
  • Parts of Bastrop County under mandatory, voluntary evacuation orders

    08/27/2017 2:17:56 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 21 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 27 August 2017 | Andy Sevilla Mary Huber Katie Hall
    3:25 a.m. update: As Tropical Storm Harvey has dropped more than a foot of rain in several parts of Bastrop County over the past 24 hours, officials have issued mandatory and voluntary evacuations. Two homes along the 500 block of Texas 95 north of Bastrop are under mandatory evacuation, according to Bastrop County officials. Officials have also issued voluntary evacuation orders to residents along 2 Mile Lane from FM 535 to Texas 71; the entire Ponderosa Road south of the 200 block, including Brody Blvd., Baily Blvd., Peyton Place, Guinn Road and Nut Lane; and Crafts Prarie Road from Mesa...
  • Tropical System Harvey greatest threat is rain

    08/23/2017 1:32:10 PM PDT · by topher · 13 replies
    The National Hurricane Center was warning that since Harvey was going to be a slow moving system, rainfall may be the greatest threat:
  • At Least 7 Dead, More Missing After Family Is Washed Away in Flash Flooding at Arizona Swimming Hole

    07/16/2017 6:48:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Fourteen family members were near the Cold Springs swimming hole on Saturday afternoon when heavy rains caused flash floods, said Sgt. David Hornung with the Gila County Sheriff’s Department. Four family members were rescued Saturday afternoon, Hornung said. At least two of the dead were children, according to Hornung. Cold Springs is just north of Payson in Gila County, and about 90 miles north of Phoenix. ... A search and rescue mission was underway for the missing family members. The Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter, Whispering Pines Fire Department...
  • Liberal Journos Uncritically Echo Reports Global Warming Flooded The World ‘Doomsday’ Vault(DOH)

    05/21/2017 7:48:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 5/20/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    Several media outlets are reporting the world’s largest repository of seeds, acting as a “backstop” against global catastrophe, has been compromised by global warming. Well, the news turned out to be little more than media hype. Here’s why. The left-leaning Guardian was the first to report the Global Seed Vault located in the Svalbard archipelago was “breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.” Vox and Wired echoed the Guardian’s reporting. Vox reported the Norwegian designers of the seed vault that was supposed to operate without human assistance for “eternity” had...
  • ...Incredible moment heroes rescue a dying BABY and a toddler from a truck that flipped into a...

    05/01/2017 10:41:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 1, 2017 | Hannah Parry For
    <p>This is the dramatic moment a father and his two young children were rescued from their overturned truck as rapidly rising floodwaters surrounded the vehicle.</p> <p>Phillip Ocheltree, 25, of Wills Point, Texas, was driving home with his two kids in the backseat after tornadoes ripped the state on Saturday, when he says his truck 'hydroplaned off the highway.'</p>
  • Climate Marcher: City residents won’t be able “to escape” Climate Change Flooding

    04/29/2017 7:19:25 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Après Trump, le déluge! There’s a “People’s Climate March” on DC happening today, and CNN put a reporter on a bus traveling to the March from Harlem. A protester explained that he was going to Washington because people in inner-city areas “don’t have resources to escape if we have flooding or other issues caused by climate change.” Shades of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, and its apocalyptic vision of a drowning NYC. But not to worry. Worst comes to worst, Al Gore will be out there, plucking people off their rooftops. Al will either be in a boat, or perhaps...