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  • Venice Is Flooding Because of Climate Change, But Corruption Is Keeping It Under Water

    10/31/2018 6:54:57 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    Fortune ^ | 30 Oct 2018 | BRITTANY SHOOT
    Since that time, the project—one of the world’s most complex, large-scale civil engineering projects ever attempted—has been plagued by fraud. In 2014, Venice’s then-mayor Giorgio Orsoni, along with 30 others, was arrested for charges including corruption, illicit party financing, and tax fraud totaling $6.8 billion. Orsoni was accused of taking roughly $635,000 (€560,000) in illicit campaign financing from the consortium behind the flood barrier. Orsoni resigned and received a four-month suspended sentence. He was also required to pay a $17,000 (€15,000) fine, according to the Telegraph.
  • Venice on 'code red' as city sees worst flooding since 2012

    10/29/2018 1:16:14 PM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 29, 2018 | Andrea Vogt
    Venice was almost completely flooded on Monday, with rain-soaked tourists evacuated from St Mark's Square as fierce storms lashed Italy. Water transport services were halted across Venice as 75 per cent of the city centre flooded to 156cm (61inc) by early afternoon, the highest level since 2012. Residents and visitors were wading through waist-high water in St Mark's Square before the mayor gave orders to evacuate the area. Police wearing hip waders carried a number of children to safety as stranded tourists waited to be ferried to higher ground.
  • 4 missing after Llano River flooding washes out RV park, forces rescues(Junction, TX)

    10/09/2018 4:02:22 PM PDT · by mabarker1 · 16 replies
    San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 | Staff report
    4 missing after Llano River flooding washes out RV park, forces rescues Staff report | San Angelo Standard-Times About daybreak Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, while many residents of Junction, Texas, were asleep, a wall of water came rushing down from the Llano River, catching the town unaware. Emergency crews are searching for four people whose recreational vehicle was among those swept away from an RV park by the floodwaters, prompting dramatic rescues by helicopters and boats. Heavy rains started falling Sunday night, causing the South Llano River to rise sharply. Kimble County Sheriff Hilario Cantu said Monday no fatalities had...
  • As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair

    10/08/2018 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 Oct 2018 | Kevin Sack and John Schwartz
    In the exact spot where Hurricane Katrina demolished the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center, a new $105 million jail now hovers 19 feet above the marsh, perched atop towering concrete pillars. Described by a state official as the “Taj Mahal” of Louisiana corrections, it has so much space that one of every 27 parish residents could bunk there. But on an average day in the first half of this year, more than 40 percent of its 872 beds went unoccupied, making it one of the emptiest jails in the state, records show. And because of its isolated, flood-prone location, the jail...
  • Crews wash hundreds of fish off I-40 after Florence flooding recedes

    09/23/2018 5:09:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    WATE ^ | 9/23/18
    WALLACE, N.C. (WNCN) - - It's no secret that Interstate 40 between Raleigh and Wilmington has been covered with floodwaters since Hurricane Florence hit. But, crews got a surprise Saturday when they went to areas where the waters had receded and found -- a highway covered in dead fish. The Penderlea Fire Department had to hose down a stretch of I-40 on Saturday because of what appeared to be hundreds of dead fish that were left behind by the flooding. "Well, we can add 'washing fish off of the interstate' to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to...
  • NHC/NOAA: Potential Rainfall Map for Florence

    09/11/2018 6:00:10 AM PDT · by topher · 56 replies
    NHC NOAA ^ | 11-Sept-2018
  • KHOU reporter helps 71 yo woman get to a cruise ship through flood

    09/03/2018 7:16:22 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 8 replies
    KHOU TV ^ | 09/93/2018 | KHOU TV
    Port of Galveston flooded today, and the bus delivering the cruise ship passengers from the parking area abandoned the passengers several blocks from the cruise terminal. A KHOU reporter down doing a report on the flooding saw a 71 year old woman struggling to get to the ship, took her bag and escorted her through the flooded streets to make her cruise. Well worth watching the video.
  • Flooding could cause Virginia dam to break; evacuations underway in Lynchburg

    08/03/2018 6:56:10 AM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    NewsChannel5 ^ | Aug. 3, 2018 | CNN
    A dire warning from the National Weather Service has forced an evacuation around the College Lake Dam in Lynchburg, Virginia. A flash flood warning issued Thursday night by the NWS reports "if a complete failure of the dam occurs, the water depth at Lynchburg could exceed 17 feet in 7 minutes." The area impacted would be the city of Lynchburg, which is one mile downstream from the dam. An updated report issued just after midnight by the NWS said the dam has not failed, and is being closely monitored by emergency personnel for any signs of structural failure." Lynchburg Water...
  • Dozens Killed in Japan Flooding, Landslides

    07/07/2018 8:47:32 PM PDT · by American Quilter · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7 Jul 2018 | American Quilter
    Flooding and landslides have claimed at least 51 lives in western parts of Japan, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Rescuers were searching for 46 missing people on Saturday. Millions have been evacuated across more than a dozen districts, with Japanese officials urging an additional 4.72 million to leave their homes. Over the past five days, the country was slammed with so much precipitation that rain levels in some areas were two to three times as high as the monthly average for all of July, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Most of the rain had stopped by Saturday night, but...
  • The Maryland Flooding Is a Warning

    05/30/2018 7:11:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | May 29, 2018 | By HENRY GRABAR
    Climate change is hitting America as rain, and we’re making it worse. Two years ago, Ellicott City, Maryland, was hit by a debilitating flash flood that turned the town’s historic Main Street into a raging muddy river. Scientists said the July 2016 rainstorm was a once-in-a-thousand-year event. But on Sunday it happened again: 7 to 9 inches of rain fell in the area, 10 miles west of Baltimore, and another torrent swept cars and trees through town. It’s a reminder that heavy rain, rather than rising seas, may be the earliest severe consequence of climate change. We’ve prepared for it...
  • Flash flood turns Maryland town's Main Street into raging muddy river

    05/27/2018 4:52:12 PM PDT · by yoe · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 27, 2018 | DARREN REYNOLDS M.L. Nestel
    A small Maryland town's Main Street metamorphosed into a raging muddy river on Sunday. Flash floods caused storefronts in Ellicott City, located just outside of Baltimore, to become engulfed by brown, soupy water from the nearby Patapsco River. Parked cars on the street slid and collided into each other. A state of emergency was declared by the state's governor, (Larry Hogan)
  • More Downpours To target Southeastern US Toward Memorial Day As Tropical Concerns Remain

    05/21/2018 5:47:52 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 5-21-2018 | Kristina Pydynowski
    A resurgence of tropical moisture is expected to further increase the downpours that spell good and bad news for the southeastern United States as Memorial Day holiday weekend approaches. There is no end in sight to the unsettled weather pattern that has developed over the Southeast. Showers and thunderstorms will continue to jeopardize sporting events and outdoor plans in most communities on a nearly daily basis through the end of May. As is typical, the afternoon and early evening hours will be the most active times of the day. Another surge of tropical moisture will be the culprit behind residents...
  • Kauai wants tourists to help island overcome flood damage by continuing to come

    04/29/2018 10:59:01 AM PDT · by texas booster · 27 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | Friday, April 27, 2018, 9:05 a.m | Audrey McAvoy
    Residents and businesses are still cleaning up from flooding that deluged parts of Kauai, but community leaders are urging tourists to keep coming so residents don’t suffer an economic calamity on top of record-breaking rains that smothered a normally green landscape in reddish-brown water. Some travelers are canceling their reservations after getting the wrong impression the mid-April flooding damaged the entire Hawaiian island. Although landslides blocked roads and floods tore apart homes and uprooted trees, most of the island is unscathed. Nearly 50 inches of rain fell in one 24-hour period. Some tourists are avoiding the island’s north shore where...
  • Thousands of gallons of water pour into Oklahoma Turnpike Authority office

    04/09/2018 10:16:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Oklahoma's News 4 ^ | January 2, 2018 | Kelsey Gibbs
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Thousands of gallons of water went pouring into the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority office Sunday. "A hundred thousand gallons of water had already spilled in the building," said Jack Damrill, communications director for the OTA. Damrill said cold temperatures caused the fire sprinkler system to burst. "It's just amazing. Water poured out of there in a short amount of time," Damrill said. The water didn't just stop on the main floor; it kept flowing through cracks and the ceiling, spilling through offices on the first floor. "We've had to relocate a couple of people to some different offices,"...
  • 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 | KHOU.com 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...