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  • Flooding, damage reported after Friday storm. Fort main gate closed, ...

    07/13/2014 10:22:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — More thunderstorm activity which could release heavy amounts of rain is predicted to continue, according to a federal meteorologist.. Friday’s storm created the need to call out additional Sierra Vista Police officers, because of the need to establish traffic control at intersections where traffic lights went out, said Officer Jock Russell. Additionally, there was a criminal incident being investigated which involved the transportation of marijuana during the storm, he said Saturday. “We were slammed, we had to call in extra officers,” Russell said. On Saturday, calls were still coming in of damage to include trees down, power...
  • Deluge!Downpour prompts weather warning, extensive flooding

    07/12/2014 6:34:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 46 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Fri, 07/11/2014 - 9:06pm | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Friday night’s rain prompted a flash flood warning for Sierra Vista from the National Weather Service until 9:15 p.m., while police reported several flooded roads and intersections throughout the city’s west end. Sierra Vista Cpl. Bobby Essary was out among the storm when he reported that Wilcox Drive was “like a river,” and that both that road and 7th Street were nearly impassable to traffic. There were also reports of flooding along the Highway 90 Bypass up to Buffalo Soldier Trail, though beyond the flooding there had been no reports of people in danger, except for one...
  • Israel hit by late season rain storms, flooding

    05/08/2014 4:30:20 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8MAY2014 | By SHARON UDASIN, BEN HARTMAN
    Several road closures due to flash flooding in the south and east of the country, heavy traffic in nearly all parts of the country; 70 tourists trapped by flooding in the Arava. Ending a five-day spell of intense heat and dry conditions, lightning illuminated Israeli skies, and heavy rains caused chaos. Rains poured all over the country on Wednesday night and Thursday, accompanied by isolated thunderstorms and unseasonable drops in temperatures, according to Israel Meteorological Services. The downpour led to flash floods and road closures across the South, sending police search and rescue teams scrambling to rescue stranded drivers. In...
  • Pensacola, Florida, Is A Waterworld After Being Hit With 2 Feet Of Rain [PHOTOS]

    04/30/2014 7:03:57 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 4-30-2014 | Pamela Engel
    Pensacola, Florida, Is A Waterworld After Being Hit With 2 Feet Of Rain [PHOTOS] Pamela Engel April 30, 2014, 9:00 AM   Pensacola, Florida, was submerged under more than 2 feet of water overnight as flash floods hit the area. Alabama was also hit by heavy rain, and much of downtown Mobile is flooded, according to the Weather Channel. The downpour is part of the same weather system that has brought dozens of tornadoes to the Midwest and the South, NBC News reports. Downtown Pensacola flooded:(Click to the site for more photo's)
  • Agency for flooding that puts greater water parsnips and voles before local people (UK)

    02/08/2014 11:04:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:58 EST, 8 February 2014 | David Rose
    The Environment Agency put water voles, greater water parsnips, silver diving beetles and large marsh grasshoppers ahead of people in the flood-ravaged Somerset Levels, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. A 250-page agency document issued in 2008 shows that years of neglecting vital dredging which used to let water drain away much faster is part of a deliberate policy to increase flooding in the areas now worst affected.The policy was revealed as agency director of operations David Jordan angered residents yesterday by calling the flood defenses a “success story”. He said: “We need to recognize that 1.3 million other properties...
  • Puny mouse threatens to delay Colorado flood recovery

    02/06/2014 12:44:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:33 PM 02/05/2014 | Greg Campbell
    Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is demanding an emergency waiver from the Endangered Species Act for a species of mouse that threatens to delay flood recovery in Colorado. The Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse is a threatened species under the ESA, meaning that any governmental action—such as flood recovery—must first consider potential impacts on the tiny animal’s habitat, even if that habitat was also destroyed in the flood that wiped out entire Colorado communities in September. On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a notice to Colorado officials that the presence of the mouse in the flood zone “may cause...
  • Heavy rains cause flooding, serious injury (Israel)

    11/24/2013 3:45:44 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 18NOV2013 | Lazar Berman
    Heavy rains hit Israel Monday, causing floods and one serious injury. The coastal plain and western Negev were hardest hit, seeing 20-40 centimeters (8-15 inches) of precipitation. Flooding was reported in the southern coastal plain in Sderot, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Ashkelon, among other locales. In the western Negev town of Ofakim, the flooding caused a wall to collapse, seriously injuring a 56-year-old man. He was knocked out, falling with his head in a puddle. The man was transported in critical condition to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. Israel is not expecting additional heavy rain over the next few days.
  • 'Fractivists' caught in flood of Colorado lies

    10/28/2013 7:04:16 AM PDT · by cutty · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2013 | RON ARNOLD
    Massive storms dumped “biblical rainfall amounts” across nearly 2,000 square miles of Colorado last month, according to the National Weather Service. The raging floods that followed killed at least eight people, damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 homes, and wrecked more than 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges. The Denver Post ran a front page aerial photo headlined, “Front Range Flooding: Oil spilling into mix,” showing a trashed stream bed with brown stains near a “damaged tank” that “leaks crude.” Opportunistic flocks of Big Green eco-vultures already embroiled in five local anti-fracking ballot measures pounced on the tragedy...
  • Tropical Storm Karen Rain Dumps Official 9.11" on Southcentral PA Area.

    10/12/2013 5:06:35 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 11 replies
    York Daily Record, WGAL-8 ^ | 11/12/2013 | c_h
    Tropical Storm Karen dumped varying amount of rain all over the South Central, tri-county PA area, ranging from 5.6" to 10.2", but the "official" tally is 9.11"; all of it causing widespread flooding and misery. Multi-million-gallon retention ponds and containment areas overflowed quickly, wiping-out travel on roads and streets for much of Friday. I recorded 14.7" at my Condo's Weather Station, in East York, as of Saturday morning, at 6:45am. If you have pics of your area Compared to 2011's TS Lee, which dumped 13" over an even wider area, it's hard to tell much difference from the pictures coming...
  • Colorado Flooding Aftermath: A First Hand Report

    10/11/2013 5:09:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    survivalblog.com ^ | 10/13 | Roger I.
    Situational awareness was key to taking the right course of action. During the rains, after the 2nd bridge washed out, those of us on one of the "islands" that now define Jamestown got together at the 1-room schoolhouse. Most folks didn't understand what was happening, and thought that we'd be back up and running in a week or two, and that between the individual preppers and the government, we'd be up and running in a couple weeks. I had a talk with a friend that I regard as bright, and he simply said "I was in Katrina, and I can...
  • Active list of closed roads in Louisville due to flooding

    10/06/2013 7:26:20 AM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 1 replies
    WHAS 11 News ^ | October 6, 2013 | staff
    With almost six inches of rain over the last 24 hours there were many evacuations and rescues from the flooding. Fire and Rescue units report 250 assists (temporary assistance from one place to another) and 12 rescues (involves boats and other equipment to extricate from high water) from the flooding with 84 evacuations. The American Red Cross continues to keep their shelter open at Atherton High School and Greater Faith Missionary Church is also assisting the community with a shelter. With 1000 calls made into MetroSafe from 10pm until 2am our volume has dropped to less than half of that...
  • Grid Down Acapulco: “There’s Nothing to Eat”

    09/19/2013 9:14:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 62 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/19/13 | Mac Slavo
    Though the government would like us to believe there is rarely looting or panic in the aftermath of a disaster, the fact of the matter is that within 72 hours of any serious crisis people will lose it. Case in point: Acapulco, Mexico. This week flood waters and landslides ravaged the resort town of Acapulco and stranded a reported 40,000 tourists, leaving them without food, water, or any means of escape. Major roadways into and out of Acapulco have been blocked by debris, cutting off recovery efforts for the city’s 680,000 residents. With the city devoid of law and order,...
  • South Platte repeats 1965 flooding performance ( Colorado flood to Nebraska )

    09/18/2013 5:07:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    McCook Daily Gazette ^ | September 18, 2013
    Nebraskans have observed the Colorado flooding with detached concern, but their worries are about to become reality, at least if they live along the South Platte River. Virtually all of the creeks mentioned in reports of last week's flooding shared something in comon -- they drain into the South Platte River. National Weather Service officials are warning that there will be flooding, but they're not entirely sure how bad it will be, because a number of river gauges were damaged by debris. A coordinating team from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is already in Ogallala to help local officials, and...
  • Rescuers can't reach people stranded by Colorado flooding

    09/12/2013 12:42:56 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/12/13 | Michael Pearson and Ana Cabrera,
    An entire community cut off, firefighters huddled on the side of a mountain after water swept their truck away, and -- with rescue helicopters grounded -- no way to reach them. This is the scene facing authorities Thursday in Boulder County, Colorado, in the wake of what Sheriff Joe Pelle called a "devastating storm" that dumped more than half a foot of rain on the region during a 19-hour period. The widespread flash flooding washed out roads, pushed dams to their limits and beyond and killed at least three people along Colorado's Rocky Mountain range, from Boulder south to Colorado...
  • Colorado Flash Flooding Prompts Evacuations, Kills 1

    09/12/2013 3:25:37 AM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 43 replies
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Days of heavy rains caused flash flooding in Colorado's Boulder County early Thursday that has closed streets, prompted evacuations, and left one person dead.
  • Derecho Risk From Chicago to Columbus

    06/12/2013 3:22:19 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 53 replies
    accuweather.com ^ | 6/12/13 | Anthony Sagliani
    Ingredients are coming together across parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley that could potentially trigger a derecho on Wednesday into Wednesday night. While it isn't exactly a certainty whether or not a derecho will form, some of the cities and towns most at risk include Chicago, Ill.; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Aurora, Ill.; Dayton, Ohio and Davenport, Iowa, to name a few. Strictly speaking, a derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. These showers and thunderstorms produce wind damage over a large swath of land. While...
  • Levees, removable walls in plan to protect NYC

    06/11/2013 12:22:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2013 2:29 PM EDT | Jennifer Peltz
    Removable flood walls would be set up for much of lower Manhattan, a 15-to-20-foot levee would guard part of Staten Island and gates and levees would shield Brooklyn as part of a nearly $20 billion plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed Tuesday to protect New York City from storms and the effects of global warming.Bloomberg’s proposals also include building dunes in Staten Island and the Rockaways, firming up the shoreline with bulkheads in various neighborhoods and considering building a levee and a new “Seaport City” development at the South Street Seaport that would echo nearby Battery Park City. The mayor also...
  • USGS Threatened and Endangered Stations (Flood gages taken off-line due to sikester)

    04/22/2013 8:07:35 PM PDT · by SERKIT · 22 replies
    US Geologocal Survey ^ | April 22, 2013 | USGS
    USGS to Discontinue Streamgages Due to Sequestration: The U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) will discontinue operation of up to 375 streamgages nationwide due to budget cuts as a result of sequestration. Additional streamgages may be affected if partners reduce their funding to support USGS streamgages. The USGS is working to identify which streamgages will be impacted and will post this information as it becomes available. Streamgages are used nationwide to predict and address drought and flood conditions by monitoring water availability. The USGS and over 850 Federal, State, and local agencies cooperatively fund the USGS streamgaging network, which consists of over 8,000...
  • Natural hazards: New York vs the sea (Beware! There's some of the usual agw agitprop.)

    02/15/2013 1:53:18 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Nature News ^ | 13 February 2013 | Jeff Tollefson
    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists and officials are trying to protect the largest US city from future floods. Joe Leader's heart sank as he descended into the South Ferry subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York. It was 8 p.m. on 29 October, and Hurricane Sandy had just made landfall some 150 kilometres south in New Jersey. As chief maintenance officer for the New York city subway system, Leader was out on patrol. He had hoped that the South Ferry station would be a refuge from the storm. Instead, he was greeted by wailing...
  • Democratic senators slam DEP for adopting FEMA's new flood elevation regs

    02/12/2013 6:36:37 PM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    The state’s quick adoption of FEMA’s advisory flood maps was sharply criticized Monday by Democratic state senators who said some residents will needlessly spend tens of thousands of dollars to raise their homes to standards that could be eased. Calling the requirements adopted last month by the Department of Environmental Protection "insane," Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) asked scientists at a hearing in Toms River if the maps are "scientifically valid." At least two scientists — who testified before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee — declined to answer, but Stewart Farrell, director of the Coastal Research Center of the Richard...
  • O'Malley signs executive order on flooding, sea level rise (Is Maryland sinking?)

    01/01/2013 7:16:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Cecil Daily ^ | 1/01/13
    Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order Friday to increase Maryland's long-term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise. **SNIP** "As storms such as Hurricane Sandy have shown, it is vital that we commit our resources and expertise to create a ready and resilient Maryland by taking the necessary steps to adapt to the rising sea and unpredictable weather," O'Malley said. "In studying and planning for storms and climate change, we can ensure that our land, infrastructure, and most importantly our citizens are safe and prepared."
  • Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

    11/01/2012 8:11:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 31, 2012 | ABC News
    Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place that flood water is most dangerous is in your body. ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater and drinking water in some of the areas hit hardest by Sandy and had them tested at The Ambient Group lab. The floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform. “Very dangerous,” Besser said. “Make sure you wear protective gear if...
  • Sandy's death toll climbs; millions without power

    10/30/2012 2:30:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | October 30, 2012 | Allen G. Breed and Tom Hays (AP)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 38, many of the victims killed by falling trees. The full extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore Monday night with hurricane-force winds of 80 mph, was unclear. Police and fire officials, some with their own departments flooded, fanned out to rescue hundreds.
  • Prepare For A Wave Of Looting After Hurricane Sandy

    10/29/2012 7:04:31 AM PDT · by blam · 39 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-29-2012 | Abby Rogers
    Prepare For A Wave Of Looting After Hurricane Sandy Abby RogersOctober 29, 2012 It's all anecdotal at this point, but if crime reports following hurricanes Katrina and Irene are any indication, the East Coast is in for a crime wave, post-Sandy. No reports of looting or Hurricane Sandy-related crimes have been reported yet but that doesn't mean we won't see some soon. Following Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating hurricane in modern memory, New Orleans was besieged with reports of looting, rape, and murder, causing delayed troop deployments, delayed medical evacuations, and police department mutiny, The New York Times reported in...
  • Mississippi Dam to Undergo Controlled Breach

    08/30/2012 12:17:29 PM PDT · by verum ago · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 30 August 2012 | Betsy McKay, Mike Esterl
    <p>Officials are executing a controlled breach of a dam in Mississippi this afternoon to prevent it from failing, and local authorities in Louisiana have ordered the mandatory evacuation of as many as 60,000 people downriver as a precaution against potential flooding.</p>
  • Louisiana Flooding - Akers, LA (Drudge headline pic) [vanity]

    08/30/2012 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Blueflag · 18 replies
    http://www.drudgereport.com ^ | 8/30/2012 | Drudge-BlueFlag
    IF you go to the Drudgereport you'll see a pic of a flooded restaurant in Akers, LA. This seafood joint is on the North shore of Lake Maurepas, just west of Lake Pontchartrain -- NW of New Orleans. It sits REAL close to the water's edge below Interstate 55 which is elevated probably 25 feet (guessing) above the ground below. I am postulating this shows what the storm surge there has done, as opposed to rainfall. This link shold take you to a street view where you can just about duplicate the pic on the Drudgereport. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=middendorf's+seafood-manchac+la&ll=30.289514,-90.402589&spn=0.003029,0.00486&fb=1&gl=us&hq=middendorf's+seafood-manchac+la&cid=0,0,6392791585389205583&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=30.289711,-90.402629&panoid=xPsDGbpc-o6PR-5IA3YkRA&cbp=12,93.54,,0,-5.74 Shift the view...
  • Sacramento levees fail federal maintenance criteria -

    08/24/2012 5:29:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 24, 2012 | Matt Weiser
    Levees protecting most of the city of Sacramento and 15 other areas of the Central Valley were declared on Thursday to have failed federal maintenance criteria. As a result, those levees are no longer eligible for federal money to rebuild if damaged in a storm. The U.S.ArmyCorps ofEngineers made the declaration after concluding that a new state plan to improve Central Valley levees does not provide enough detail to ensure that maintenance problems, such as erosion and intruding structures, will be fixed. The affected areas include 40 miles of levees wrapping most of the city of Sacramento on the American...
  • WALDO CANYON FIRE: 98 percent contained, flooding a concern [Lib Environmental policies to blame]

    07/07/2012 5:44:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    gazette.com ^ | 7/7/12 | RYAN MAYE HANDY
    Two weeks after smoke from the nearly-contained Waldo Canyon fire first billowed from the canyons behind Cedar Heights, Colorado Springs is transitioning into the next phase of the disaster: the aftermath... ... burn scars could heighten flash flood potential for years to come, according to the Manitou Springs city officials. Some fire crews spent recent days terracing the hillsides with water bars —large trenches dug into the earth to catch flood waters.
  • Plainville (CT) considers buying homeowners plagued by flooding

    09/13/2011 5:36:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Plainville officials are considering buying out property owners on Robert Street extension that flooded last week and raised concerned about about E-coli exposure. Frank Iris can't return to his Robert Street extension home for safety reasons. "There's still water in my basement, still pouring in there. The floors are buckled, everything is just bad. Air quality in the house is real bad you can't breathe in that house," he said. Floodwaters didn't force neighbor John Corriveau out. He said though his basement floods every year, in part because of increased development and runoff, and he's looking for government relief. "Pay...
  • Irene brings worst flooding in century to Vermont

    08/29/2011 6:14:04 PM PDT · by Palter · 90 replies
    AP ^ | 29 Aug 2011 | Dave Gram
    Almost a dozen New England towns were rendered virtual islands Monday as floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Irene reshaped parts of Vermont and upstate New York, turning placid rivers into raging torrents and some streets into treacherous mud bogs. Hundreds of roads remained closed, dozens of bridges were gone and entire towns were cut off from assistance in the worst flooding some areas have seen in a century. A day earlier, Irene dumped up to 11 inches on parts of Vermont and more than 13 inches on some areas of New York — a deluge that quickly overwhelmed waterways,...
  • 'Epic' flooding breaches Outer Banks highway

    08/28/2011 11:20:35 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 31 replies
    WRAL ^ | 08/28/2011 | WRAL
    Manteo, N.C. — The Outer Banks are no stranger to a Category 1 hurricane like Irene, which hit Saturday with 85 mph winds and heavy rain. But Irene's eye tracked just west of the Pamlico, Croatan and Albermarle sounds, then crossed the Currituck Sound to go back out to sea. That drew water from the sounds, as well the ocean, west. The water piled up in bays, inlets and rivers on the western side of the sounds. Once the hurricane passed, that water rushed east back, smashing into the barrier islands. "The soundside flooding last night was epic as far...
  • Is the Drudge Report Low Balling Hurricane Irene?

    08/27/2011 11:45:15 AM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 84 replies
    Ward World ^ | 08/27/2011 | Kevin A Ward
    I've been watching coverage of Hurricane Irene. Being a resident of Tampa, Florida, I have been through Hurricane Frances and Jean and the close call of Charley. So, like all Floridians I'm personally aware of what a hurricane or tropical storm can do. As I'm typing this I'm listening to reports that Irene is outperforming its category. I've also been perusing websites and that includes Drudge Report. I've had other concerns of late with Mr. Drudge's site recently, but I am alarmed with links that are downplaying expectations. There are a wide variety of links,but this link to Dr. Simon...
  • Flooding of ancient Salton Sea linked to San Andreas earthquakes

    06/27/2011 8:31:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies
    University of California - San Diego ^ | June 26, 2011 | Unknown
    Study finds that faults beneath the Salton Sea ruptured during Colorado River floods and may have triggered large earthquakes on the southern San Andreas FaultSouthern California's Salton Sea, once a large natural lake fed by the Colorado River, may play an important role in the earthquake cycle of the southern San Andreas Fault and may have triggered large earthquakes in the past. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Nevada, Reno, discovered new faults in the Salton Sea near the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. By examining...
  • Flooding Brings Worries Over Two Nuclear Plants

    06/21/2011 10:07:23 PM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As record floodwaters along the Missouri River drench homes and businesses, concerns have grown about keeping a couple of notable structures dry: two riverside nuclear power plants in Nebraska. Though the plants have declared “unusual events,” the lowest level in the emergency taxonomy used by federal nuclear regulators, both were designed to withstand this level of flooding, and neither is viewed as being at risk for a disaster, said a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “We think they’ve taken all the necessary precautions and made the appropriate arrangements to deal with the flooding conditions,” said...
  • Radioactive Releases Not Expected at Omaha Nuclear Power Plant

    06/16/2011 6:34:16 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 32 replies · 1+ views
    ABC Nebraska TV ^ | June 16, 2011
    Officials at the Omaha Public Power District say there have been no releases of radioactive material since flooding from the Missouri River caused them to declare a low-level emergency June 6 at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant. The emergency level, declared as "a notification of an unusual event," is the lowest possible of four standard emergency classifications set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and, as of now, there has been no risk to the public. Officials say they have sandbagged the area surrounding the plant to a level greater than what the projected water levels will reach, and...
  • Airspace Over Flooded Nebraska Nuclear Power Plant Still Closed

    06/15/2011 3:01:40 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 2+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 6-15-2011 | Ricky Kreitner
    <p>Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant is an island, but authorities are hoping it stays dry.</p> <p>A fire in Nebraska's Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant briefly knocked out the cooling process for spent nuclear fuel rods, ProPublica reports. The fire occurred on June 7th.</p>
  • 500,000 Acres of Farmland in Flood Path

    06/08/2011 8:32:33 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AgWeb ^ | June 8, 2011 | AgWeb.com Editors
    Persistent Northern Plains rainfall and heavy mountain snowpack is setting the stage for the worst flooding on the Missouri River since 1993, reports Allen Motew, QT Weather meteorologist. These extreme levels of flooding are predicted to last for at least the next month. “The entire Missouri River Basin is flooding – only to get worse over the next several weeks,” Motew reports. “Abnormal rainfall is now expected to continue (or increase for many) across 1000’s of miles and millions of acres over the next eight days, from Alberta to Ohio.” Motew says recent reports show that the Missouri River is...
  • Aerial View of Missouri River flooding (ND)

    06/02/2011 9:18:28 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 31 replies
    flickr ^ | 5.29-11 | Bill Prokopyk
    Aerial view of the Missouri River from a North Dakota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter in the vicinity of Bismarck and Mandan, N.D., on May 29, 2011. When these photos were taken, the river was at about 15.74 feet with a garrison release flow of 80,000 cubic feet per second.
  • A World Food Shortage Is Looming, Buy Ag Stocks

    05/31/2011 3:30:02 PM PDT · by WILLIALAL · 48 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | May 31, 2011 | David White
    The world grain inventories were already depleted from truly terrible weather in 2010. Now we are seeing even worse weather so far this year. China is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years. The government says this weather is decimating a major grain belt, and it is leaving livestock without water. Fish farms have been ruined. Who knows the long term effects? More than 4.3M people are having trouble finding drinking water. Actually this last is a much bigger problem throughout China, which has a long term drinking water problem. The Chinese have released extra water from the Three Gorges...
  • Heavy rains turn Ann Arbor soccer field into carp fishing hole

    05/28/2011 1:06:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    AnnArbor.com ^ | 27 May 2011 | Angela Cesere
    Paul Christensen cast his line deftly into the water. Seconds later, the line went taut and he went to work to reel in his catch. The outcome was never in doubt, but the fish was not giving up without a fight. After a couple of minutes, Christensen showed off his catch, a carp of about 5 pounds (more like 3 pounds), hooked on the soccer field at Fuller Park in Ann Arbor Friday. That’s right, a soccer field. “It’s sort of a making lemonade out of lemons situation,” said Dirk Fischbach of Saline, who came out with Christensen Friday to...
  • Bears escaping river flooding in Mississippi Delta between Rolling Fork and Yazoo City (pics)

    05/21/2011 11:26:45 PM PDT · by wardaddy · 36 replies
    Self ^ | 6-21-11 | Wardaddy
    This is a photo taken this morning of a black swamp bear on the move in Mississippi in the Delta up between Panther Burn and Delta National Forest about 8 miles west/southwest of Yazoo City off Satarita road area. We all knew bears were there but you rarely see them. It's funny, we were just talking about this here last week. Nice size bear too btw.
  • More Bad Weather Could See Record Food Prices

    05/17/2011 3:04:25 PM PDT · by NRG1973 · 14 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | Patrick Allen
    With drought threatening food production in the EU, US and China, analysts at Renaissance Capital believe the next 8-10 weeks will be crucial to prices in 2011 and 2012. “The food price threat for 2011-2012 is very significant, but may disappear in August. It depends entirely on the weather over May to July,” said Renaissance Capital’s Charles Robertson. “If we do not get the right mix of rain and sun in the coming 8-10 weeks, then later this year we will see record price levels for the most important cereal in the world today – corn,” he said. If this...
  • THE MISSISSIPPI FLOODGATES OPEN, Releasing 12 Million Gallons Per Second Onto Louisiana Farmland

    05/16/2011 1:12:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/16/2011 | Leah Goldman
    The Army Corps. opened the Morganza spillway on the Mississippi River in Louisiana on Saturday forcing tons of water and covering more than 100 acres of dry land with a foot of water within 30 minutes. The flood gates were opened to shift the flow of the swollen river away from the numerous oil refineries and chemical plants in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. While the flood waters will move away from the more densely populated area, the opening of the gates could affect 25,000 people, 11,000 structures, and acres of farmland. This is the first time the Morganza spillway...
  • River tops levee in Louisiana

    05/12/2011 9:10:33 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 43 replies
    AP/WWL ^ | 5/12/11
    The Mississippi River has topped a levee north of Lake Providence in extreme northeast Louisiana, flooding croplands as an effort by farmers to shore up the 100-year-old structure was thwarted by the rising river. About 12,000 acres behind the 18-mile-long levee, mostly planted in corn and soybeans, were flooding Thursday morning though no homes appeared to be in danger in the thinly populated area. Maintenance on the levee was abandoned years ago after another, higher levee was built farther back off the river.
  • Memphis holds barbecue contest "Come Hell or High Water"

    05/13/2011 7:45:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/13/11 | John Branston – Reuters
    MEMPHIS, Tenn (Reuters) – The motto for the 2011 Memphis In May International World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest was "Come Hell or High Water." Mission accomplished. The high water came -- nearly 48 feet deep -- washing the contest out of Tom Lee Park next to the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis for the first time in more than 30 years. But nearly 250 cooking teams turned out anyway with names such as "Pigs Gone Wild," "Notorious P.I.G," "The People's Republic of Swina," and "Not Ready for Swine Time Porkers." Thousands of spectators came as well, including sisters Kathy Lawson...
  • Louisiana Governor: We’re Not Waiting for the Corps on Flooding Issues

    05/13/2011 10:42:41 AM PDT · by chemicalman · 10 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | May 13, 2011 | Associated Press
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said that while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not given specific time for opening the Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River upstream from New Orleans to reduce the possibility of downstream flooding, state and local officials are taking action now to get prepared and constructing barriers to protect people and property from the flood. The Corps has said it would likely open the Spillway this weekend to divert Mississippi floodwaters into the Atchafalaya River basin, but it has not named a specific time for the opening. “We don’t have the time to wait for...
  • What? Not Even a Look Out the Window? (Obama's trip to El Paso)

    05/11/2011 4:01:41 AM PDT · by mmanager · 30 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5/10/11 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama doesn’t seem to have even peered out his Air Force One window to view the swelling Mississippi, a minimal show of interest for which George W. Bush was pilloried when he took a peek at the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At least Bush bothered to look. Obama is traveling today OVER the devastation being wrought by the Mississippi in order to get to events in Texas, where he will rally his Hispanic supporters with a speech on immigration in El Paso and then head to the Lone Star state’s liberal bastion of Austin for two...
  • Historic Flooding on Ohio River: Metropolis, Ill., Issues Voluntary Evacuation Order

    05/03/2011 10:17:58 AM PDT · by MosesmomS · 14 replies
    Associated Content ^ | May 2, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    The Metropolis Emergency Management Agency Director, Keith Davis, has asked media to post the following voluntary evacuation order that has been issued for the City of Metropolis:
  • Have to drive to Benton Kentucky.

    05/03/2011 8:18:57 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 12 replies
    May 3, 2011 | John Leland 1789
    Have to drive down I-24 through Paducah and to Benton, KY. Anyone know the road conditions south of Paducah?
  • Activation of Birds Point floodway ordered (Levee going to be blown to save a derelict town)

    05/02/2011 4:47:42 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 23 replies
    southeast missiourian ^ | 5/2 | unknown