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  • SAAMI on salvaging wet ammo (Louisiana Floods)

    09/10/2016 8:53:52 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies ^ | Sep. 9, 2016 | Daniel Terrill
    Following last month’s catastrophic flooding in large parts of Louisiana, the organization that creates safety and technical standards for firearm ammunition published guidelines for salvaging wet ammo. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute along with the gun industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, published the document to help gun owners determine what to do with ammo that has been affected by water and moisture. The short answer, they say, is err on the side of caution and do not try to salvage ammo that has been completely submerged in water. Using such ammo could result in damage...
  • NOAA: Global warming increased odds for Louisiana downpour

    09/07/2016 11:50:07 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 7, 2016 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made climate change about doubled the chances for the type of heavy downpours that caused devastating Louisiana floods last month, a new federal study finds. Using two different sets of measurements and computer model runs simulating thousands of years, scientists found a clear sign of global warming in the rain that triggered the flooding that killed at least 13 people, damaged 150,000 homes and cost at least $8.7 billion. More than 26 inches of rain fell in one week, with nearly a foot in just one day, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Leftists Attack Christian Leader On Louisiana Floods

    08/26/2016 4:04:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | August 26,2016 | Ken Klukowski
    Liberal secularists are attacking national Christian leader Tony Perkins for trying to make sense of the Louisiana floods from a biblical perspective, after Perkins and 80 percent of his Louisiana church members lost their homes to those floods.
  • Kirstie Alley blasts Obama over Louisiana floods

    08/21/2016 9:43:50 AM PDT · by wrrock · 52 replies ^ | 8/20/16 | nydailynews
    ctress Kirstie Alley star set off what she called a Twitter "firestorm" on Friday after she challenged Obama's reasoning for not visiting the flood-ravaged state of Louisiana sooner. "On a golf course in Martha's Vineyard instead of in Louisiana?," she tweeted, along with a Fox News video flashback of Obama criticizing President Bush in 2008 for his response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Donald J. Trump’s not only Louisiana’s but America’s Answer to a Prayer

    08/21/2016 7:42:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/21/16 | Judi McLeod
    For all of the smears and insults now being hurled his way daily, Donald J. Trump answered the cries of the downtrodden in Louisiana Canada Free Press cannot be the only one making the connection between the need for the kind of leadership Donald J. Trump would provide for America and the Great Flood of 2016 that tragically took away 13 lives and still counting, devastating 40,000 homes with an historic 31 inches of rain in some areas over the course of four straight days. With absolutely no help from their president, the people of America, once again became their...

    08/20/2016 8:02:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 30 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/20/16 | Jeff Crouere
    Who knows the real motivation for his inattention to Louisiana, but at least we do know some good news, Obama leaves office in five months The Great Flood of 2016 has devastated 40,000 homes across the state of Louisiana. Sadly, 13 people have lost their lives in this historic storm, which produced up to 31 inches of rainfall in some areas over the course of four days. This is more rainfall than the City of Los Angeles experiences in four years. It was a storm that was so intense that it only happens once every one thousand years. Emergency officials...
  • Obama irks La. flood victims with memo warning them not to discriminate

    08/19/2016 12:53:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 87 replies ^ | Aug. 19, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    President Obama has refused so far to survey the Louisiana flood disaster, but he did let state and local officials know that he’s watching to make sure they don’t engage in racial discrimination. In a 16-page guidance issued Tuesday, the Obama administration, led by the Justice Department, warned Louisiana recipients of federal disaster assistance against engaging in “unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency).” The guidance’s frameworks “highlight the importance of complying with nondiscrimination requirements of civil rights statutes, addressing the needs of the whole community, and ensuring equal opportunity to access...
  • President Obama to Visit Baton Rouge (Obama Folds)

    08/19/2016 12:49:53 PM PDT · by abb · 164 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Alexander Mallin
    President Obama is expected to travel to Baton Rouge next Tuesday to get a first hand look at the devastating flood damage in the state. This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

    06/05/2016 8:18:59 AM PDT · by varina davis · 36 replies
    National Hurricane Center ^ | 6/5/2016 | National Hurricane Center
    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 800 AM EDT SUN JUN 5 2016 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: A low pressure area located near the northeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and western Cuba. Surface data show that pressures are falling in the area, and that winds to near tropical storm force are occurring over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Environmental conditions are expected to be favorable for additional development, and this system is likely to become a tropical...

    06/03/2016 9:09:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    AP ^ | June 3, 2016
    PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the flooding that has affected parts of Europe (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Scientists say extreme rainfall, such as that hitting France, has increased worldwide and especially in Europe because of man-made climate change.
  • Cosmic Cycles, not Carbon Dioxide, Control Climate

    01/24/2016 8:32:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 25 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | 1/21/2016 | Viv Forbes
    Those who think the political war on carbon will cool the globe or keep climate stable need to study climate history. Temperatures on Earth dance to a cyclic rhythm every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles. The daily solar cycle causes continual changes in temperature for every spot on Earth. It produces the frosts at dawn, the mid-day heat and the cooling at sunset. It is regulated by rotation of the Earth. Superimposed on the daily solar cycle is the monthly lunar cycle, driven by the orbit...
  • U.S Gives Immigrants “Severe Weather” Amnesty for Recent Floods

    01/09/2016 8:42:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    judicial watch ^ | 1/8/16 | staff
    Always on the prowl for opportunities to grant illegal immigrants reprieve, the Obama administration is capitalizing on the recent floods to reward undocumented aliens in the affected regions with a special “severe weather immigration relief.” The measure was recently announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. It appears that in the last few years USCIS has been preoccupied with shielding illegal aliens who may not be candidates for the president’s broader executive amnesty initiatives from deportation. Judicial Watch has reported on this extensively over the years,...
  • Man in viral flood rescue video was trying to protect firearm business

    12/31/2015 9:47:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Fox 2 (St. Louis) ^ | 12/30/15 | Chris Hayes
    The Eureka man who crawled atop his pickup truck to await rescue from floodwaters said he had good reason to be out and about – he was trying to save his business and protect residents in the process. Sam Andrews, owner of Tier One Weapon Systems off Hwy 109, was moving guns and other tools from his business when his pickup truck became waterlogged. "I went to sleep about 1:50 a.m. and the parking lot was completely dry. I woke up at about 3 am with the sound of water....
  • Reports show tents trapped Boy Scouts during deadly flooding

    09/28/2015 8:15:00 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    Deadly floodwaters that tore through a Boy Scout troop's New Mexico campsite as they slept turned their tents into wet cages that clung to their bodies like saran wrap, newly released police reports and taped interviews show. The group of eight California boys and their chaperones fought desperately to escape, some using their teeth to rip holes in their tents. "You could hear people yelling, but you couldn't understand what they were saying," Michael Evans, one of the adults, told police of the chaos that June night.
  • Pictured: The seven California hikers swept to their deaths by flash floods in Utah's Zion [tr]

    09/18/2015 9:08:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 18, 2015 | Darren Boyle
    Search teams have recovered the body of a missing hiker who was killed by a flash flood in Utah's Zion national park in Utah. The group, identified late Thursday, were washed away soon after they secured a permit to explore the canyon. The men and women were washed away on Monday afternoon. Search teams have found the body of a seventh hiker killed in a rain-swollen canyon of Utah's Zion National Park hours after the ill-fated group obtained a park permit to venture into that area despite forecasts of probable flash flooding, park officials said on Thursday.
  • Texas floods and commodities: Farms face 'total loss for year'

    05/31/2015 2:52:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 29, 2015 | Robert Ferris
    Texas' farmers were among the first to applaud the rain that abruptly halted a grueling multiyear drought that had tormented the region. But what began as a blessing has turned quickly into a disaster, as corn and wheat crops rot in flooded fields. "I think it is not all farmers, but some farmers are looking at a total loss for this year," said Mike Barnett, a spokesperson for the Texas Farm Bureau. "You have some situations where farmers had a bumper crop, and now they have next to nothing for the season." The downpour has doused Texas with 35 trillion...
  • Do Texas floods portend a new ice age?

    05/30/2015 7:55:36 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 109 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | 30MAY2015 | Robert Felix
    “What do floods in Texas have to do with the coming Ice Age?” asks reader Caroline Snyder. “Quite a lot actually! “Looking at the historic record, we only have to go back to the 16th Century; a time when the Little Ice Age was causing devastation across Europe, but what of the South-West US?“ This article, amongst other things, looks to first hand accounts by Europeans amongst other things. Little Ice Age (Excerpt) – “…if you think it’s cold here in the Southwest now, you should have been around back in the days when the Spanish, Mexicans and Anglos settled...
  • Texas Teen Dies on Way Home From Prom After Car Gets Swept Away by Floodwater

    05/26/2015 7:31:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    ktla ^ | 06:38am, May 26, 2015 | CNN Wire and Lynette Romero,
    Homecoming queen. Student council president. Star athlete. Her storied high school career was nearing an end with one final rite of passage: her senior prom. But as Ramirez, 18, was driving home from the prom over the weekend, her car was swept away by floodwater in southern Texas, ending her short but illustrious life. “She did the right things,” her aunt Roberta Ramirez told CNN affiliate WOAI. “She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick.” Ramirez is one of six people who died in Texas and Oklahoma in the past four days...
  • 155,000 People Are Without Power In San Francisco

    12/11/2014 10:23:38 AM PST · by blam · 68 replies
    BI-AP ^ | Natasha Bertrand
    Natasha Bertrand December 11, 2014PG&E is reporting that 155,000 customers are without power in San Francisco after a massive storm hit Northern California early Thursday morning and fried a Civic Center substation. Officials are preparing for the possibility of debris slides and tidal waves as a result of the storm. As much as 8 inches of rain could fall over 24 hours, and up to 2 feet of snow is expected to blanket Sierra Nevada ski resorts. Heavy rain is long overdue in California, which has been suffering from one of its most severe droughts on record. The storm, which...
  • Phoenix, Valley recovering from record-setting rain, floods

    09/08/2014 10:26:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | Sep 8, 2014, | Tim Gallen
    The Phoenix area is recovering from record-setting rainfall Monday that led to flooding in several parts of the Valley, closing schools, stranding vehicles and snarling commutes. Both Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer declared states of emergency while other local public safety agencies cautioned residents to be safe and not drive unless absolutely necessary. Several schools closed across the region, including the Maricopa Community College District, which cancelled all classes today.
  • Top UK scientist criticized by peers for saying floods caused by global warming

    02/20/2014 2:45:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/18/14 | Michael Bastasch
    Britain’s top climate scientist is being criticized for linking the recent deluge of winter storms and floods to global warming. After the UK’s Met Office released a report on “extreme weather,” the office’s chief scientist Dame Julia Slingo said that “all the evidence” pointed to global warming playing a role in the harsh winter weather. “In a nutshell, while there is no definitive answer for the current weather patterns that we have seen, all the evidence suggests that climate change has a role to play in it,” Slingo said.
  • Revealed: how green ideology turned a deluge into a flood

    02/17/2014 2:55:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Spectator ^ | February 15, 2014 | Christopher Booker
    It has taken six long weeks to uncover the real hidden reasons why, from the West Country to the Thames Valley, the flooding caused by the wettest January on record has led to such an immense national disaster. Only now have the two ‘smoking guns’ finally come to light which show just how and why all this chaos and misery has resulted directly from a massive system failure in the curious way our country is governed. Because I live in Somerset, I first became aware that something very disturbing was going on back around the new year. As it became...
  • Photos: The 'Other' Storm - Israel's Floods

    12/14/2013 11:40:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/13 | Tova Dvorin
    While snow pummeled the Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and Northern areas of Israel over the weekend, the Tel Aviv area and the Western side of Israel faced torrential rains and flooding Saturday. Total damages have been estimated to be over 300 million shekel thus far, according to Channel 2. The floods have also proved deadly. Saturday evening, the bodies of two men were found in the Tze'elim Stream, near Arad. The stream had been flooded in the storm and had drowned the two men, who had been in the midst of a hike, medics stated. Rain also hit Hamas-controlled Gaza...
  • In Flooded Colorado, Immigrants' Livelihoods Washed Away

    10/18/2013 8:36:27 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies ^ | October 18, 2013 | KIRK SIEGLER
    In flood-ravaged Colorado, much of the recovery has focused on rebuilding roads and bridges to mountain towns cut off by last month's floods. But take a drive east to the state's rolling plains, and a whole new set of staggering problems unfolds in farm country. Living In Limbo A woman named Claudia, who doesn't want to use her last name because of her immigration status, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a shabby hotel in Greeley, about an hour's drive northeast of Denver. She's come because a friend has been staying here. Both women lost their homes...
  • Skyrocketing Flood Insurance Rates Bring Financial Chaos

    09/30/2013 12:13:09 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 24 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | Sept. 28, 2013 | Terrell Johnson
    When Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey last fall, it sent massive floods through the streets of coastal towns and cities across the Northeast, turning areas like Toms River, N.J., into something like a war zone. But nearly a year later, residents there and in many other coastal communities across the U.S. face a potentially far more devastating menace: a nationwide revamp of flood insurance rates, forcing premiums that were once around $500 per year into the $5,000-, $10,000- and even $20,000-a-year range and higher. "The adverse effect of [this] would be more devastating than Hurricane Katrina,"...
  • 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.
  • South Sudan Devastated By Floods, Requests Emergency Humanitarian Aid

    08/24/2013 7:52:37 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | August 24, 2013 | John Leaman
    Juba, South Sudan — August 24, 2013 (SSN) … More than 18,000 people with over 1,000 households in South Sudan have been directly affected and others displaced from their homes by devastating floods that ravaged the Maiwut County in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. Over 48 people have been killed with severe damage to public buildings, including schools, clinics, offices, shops, markets and water and sanitation facilities. Roads in South Sudan have been inundated, disrupting transport. According to County authorities people are deeply suffering and lacking basic essentials. Women and children have mostly been displaced due to flooded homes. Médecins...
  • Storm rips through Las Vegas, causing floods, power outages

    07/20/2013 9:29:12 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 22 replies
    latimes ^ | July 20, 2013 | James Rainey
    <p>A powerful thunderstorm blasted through Las Vegas and nearby communities Friday evening, flooding streets, toppling trees and trapping tourists inside casinos.</p> <p>Torrential rains and 70-mph winds also knocked out power in more than a dozen locations, including Primm, the town that sits on Interstate 15 at the California-Nevada border.</p>
  • German dam breaks near Magdeburg as Hungary floods recede

    06/09/2013 7:52:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/9/13 | BBC
    A dam has broken on the flood-swollen River Elbe in eastern Germany, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes around the city of Magdeburg. Water levels in Magdeburg stood at 7.44m (24ft) on Sunday, nearly four times higher than normal (2m). In Hungary, water levels on the Danube in the capital Budapest are believed to have peaked and officials say defences should prevent flooding in most areas. At least 15 people have died in the floods in Central Europe. Analysts say the damage will cost billions of euros to clean up. The authorities in Germany are investigating an anonymous...
  • San Antonio flooding kills 2; 200-plus rescued

    05/25/2013 8:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2013 11:07 PM EDT | Michael Brick
    Torrential rains swamped San Antonio with flash floods on Saturday, leaving at least two people dead as emergency workers rushed to rescue more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes. “It was pretty crazy,” said Gera Hinojosa, a valet parking cars downtown after the storm. “It was pretty unexpected. We hardly got any warning about it.” For two women, the storm turned fatal. …
  • 4 dead, dramatic rooftop rescues in Australia floods

    01/28/2013 11:36:06 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    Oman Observer ^ | 29 January 2013 | anon
    BRISBANE, Australia - Helicopters plucked dozens of stranded Australians to safety in dramatic rooftop rescues Monday as severe floods swept the northeast, killing four people and inundating thousands of homes. ... Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced that an acute emergency was unfolding in Bundaberg ...
  • Jakarta floods leave hundreds of thousands homeless

    01/17/2013 12:46:59 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    australia news network ^ | 1/17/2013 | ann
    Indonesian disaster authorities have lost count of the number of people who have been left homeless in widespread flooding, but say it could reach the hundreds of thousands. The centre of Jakarta, including the Presidential Palace, is awash and parts of the Indonesian capital that have never seen flooding before are now underwater. Yesterday 10,000 people had to flee their homes but hours of heavy downpours overnight and rivers bursting their banks, have added to the problem. Audio: Australia Network's Indonesia correspondent, Helen Brown, speaks to News Radio (ABC News) Three people have been killed so far in the seasonal...
  • California Is About To Get Pummeled With Rivers Of Rain (Like, Not Since 1861)

    11/30/2012 3:04:06 PM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-30-2012 | Mark Fischetti, Scientific American
    California Is About To Get Pummeled With Rivers Of Rain Mark Fischetti, Scientific AmericanNovember 30, 2012An atmospheric river (thin yellow band) feeds torrential rain into northern California on Nov. 30. Northern California is experiencing the first days of what weather forecasters are warning will be a long series of torrential rainstorms that could cause serious flooding across the northern one-third of the state. The relentless storms are being driven by a feature in the atmosphere you have probably never heard of: an atmospheric river. Oh, and another atmospheric river created the worst flooding since the 1960s in western England and...
  • This Is What You Should Have At Home When The Frankenstorm Hits (

    10/27/2012 1:42:56 PM PDT · by blam · 86 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-27-2012 | Adam Taylor
    This Is What You Should Have At Home When The Frankenstorm Hits Adam TaylorOctober 27, 2012 There's a real possibility that Hurricane Sandy, aka the "Frankenstorm", could cause serious disruption to major metropolitan areas in the North East states in the next few days. As such, its better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. has some suggestions for a Emergency Supply Kit that you can keep at home: One gallon of drinking water per person per day Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener First aid kit Flashlight* Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries (you can also buy wind-up...
  • Anti-Obama DVD floods local mailboxes

    10/25/2012 5:12:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 52 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10-18-2012 | Jim Stratton
    A conservative, California-based filmmaker said this week that his company is distributing more than a million free copies of a conspiracy-laden DVD that claims much of what the public knows about President Barack Obama's early life is false. The movie — called "Dreams From My Real Father" — began appearing in Central Florida mailboxes sometime last week. It is the work of Joel Gilbert, a director whose other movies have focused on everything from militant Islam to Bob Dylan to Elvis Presley. He said the DVD is being sent to swing states, including Florida and Ohio, but would not say...
  • Flooding Closes Local Schools and Roads in Central PA.

    09/07/2011 4:11:05 PM PDT · by Palladin · 102 replies
    PennLive; The Patriot-News ^ | September 7, 2011 | staff
    Susquehanna River to Flood: Susquehanna River now forecast to crest at 26.2 feet. Breaking News Susquehanna River now forecast to crest at 26.2 feet in Harrisburg Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 5:06 PM Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 5:12 PM By The Patriot-News Forecasts for where the Susquehanna River will crest in Harrisburg have steadily increased in the last two days, and the National Weather Service is now calling for the river to crest at 26.2 feet early Friday morning. Flood stage for the river is 17 feet. At 20 feet, flooding is considered moderate, and at 23 feet, it's...
  • Green Ideology Trumps Flood Control

    08/27/2011 2:57:21 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2011 | Joe Herring
    As late as April of 2011, the Water Management Chief for the Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, expressed an opinion in an e-mail to a concerned citizen that the mountain snow melt this year would "be nothing to write home about." This internal e-mail, among many others recently released through a Freedom of Information Act request by Gannett's Washington Bureau, exposes that assertion as a gross misstatement of known facts. The e-mails reveal that a cadre of hydrologists, engineers, and National Weather Service (NWS) officials had repeatedly warned the chief, Ms. Jody Farhat, beginning in January about the danger posed...
  • Pray For North Dakota

    06/21/2011 2:15:49 PM PDT · by redhead · 17 replies
    Weather Underground ^ | June 21, 2011 | Self
    Please PRAY for the people of central North Dakota."The crest is going to be almost 10 feet higher than the '69 flood. The lower part of Minot is going to be underwater...The crest will be early Monday morning, so far. The levees and dikes will be over run Friday or Saturday, July 1...the crest was going to be 7 feet higher than the flood in '69. Today it has been revised to 10 feet higher. Minot is going to be a lake...It's rain, coming from Canada. They need to open up their dams and are giving people time to get...
  • 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 | 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...
  • Mississippi's Floodbeaters

    05/23/2011 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 23, 2011 | Staff
    Property: Fair or foul, U.S. officials diverted floodwaters to farmlands to save cities as the mighty Mississippi spilled its banks. But there was a surprise: Farmers chose not to be victims. The weekend was full of disheartening news of tornadoes striking Missouri and Minnesota, as well as creeping floodwaters making their way down to the Gulf states in the worst flooding in at least two decades. But there was one unexpectedly heartening development: News photographs from tiny Vicksburg, Miss., where 2,100 people have been displaced, showed dozens of farm houses along the Mississippi River and its Yazoo tributary encircled by...
  • Is This The Year The Atchafalaya River ‘Captures’ The Mississippi?

    05/18/2011 5:36:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies ^ | 5-16-11 | Forbes
    Could it happen this year? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forcing the river down a path it no longer wants to travel. Had the river gotten the best of the engineers in 1973 the Mississippi would not be the same river today–it would have forced a new path down the Atchafalaya basin, a course that is some 20 feet lower than the river’s current main stem, and which offers a 150-mile shorter path to the Gulf of Mexico. Its course has changed dozens of times over the millenia, “sweeping back and forth like a garden hose,” and will...
  • Katrina haven becomes home for flood evacuees

    05/17/2011 8:01:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies ^ | May 17, 2011
    A farming community built for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina has become a haven for families driven from their homes by river flooding that has hit states from Arkansas to Louisiana. Twenty-six families have moved into the enclave because their towns were threatened by flooding from the Mississippi River and smaller rivers that spring from it. The haven, informally known as Canadaville, was created by a Canadian industrialist and had a onetime population of around 200 residents displaced by the 2005 hurricane, but it had dwindled to just a handful by the time people from nearby towns began looking for a...
  • 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...
  • More than 325 cities represented in volunteer effort to fill sandbags for Fargo flood fight

    03/20/2011 2:54:07 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies ^ | 3/20/11 | AP
    Fargo city officials say volunteers came from 22 states and more than 325 cities to help fill sandbags for the upcoming Red River flood fight. The city opened so-called Sandbag Central on Valentine's Day and filled about 2.5 million bags in 22 days. The sandbags are scheduled to be delivered to neighborhoods later this week. About 12,800 people joined the effort.
  • Washington ,Oregon ,California and The Olmypic Peninsula Choose this day whom you will serve !

    03/18/2011 11:36:42 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 51 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-18-11 | Jedediah
    In 2005 the Lord gave me a vision of a mountain range rising up straight down Interstate 5 from Olympia through California . Yesterday I sensed even parts of the Olmypic Peninsula may soon disappear ! There is about to be , A catastrophe , Of human life greater than ever fortold , A separating of the sheep not of my fold , The ones that have gone the way of Cain , Sold their birthright as Esau for a moment of gain, These sheep have already witnessed the wonders of my love , But have rejected the God of...
  • Come "NOW" My Children ! Before I remove My Spirit from the Earth !

    03/12/2011 10:48:48 AM PST · by Jedediah · 24 replies
    COME NOW My Children ! Before I remove My Spirit from The Earth ! Do you see my children this is not a game you are playing for your eternity lies in my hands and I am chasing after you for My love is great but your decision must be true . Come "NOW" My children and find Me for I AM in your garden calling out to you even " NOW " and though you ignore Me and find yourself distracted through your fleshly desires I have not just come to call upon you but to shake everything that...
  • Panicked residents strip shelves bare (Australian floods)

    01/12/2011 7:50:46 AM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    ABC australia ^ | 1-11-11 | unattributed
    Authorities are urging people to remain calm amid panicked scenes of shoppers stripping the shelves of Brisbane supermarkets as they face record flood levels. Large parts of Brisbane and Ipswich are to be inundated, with flood peaks expected to surpass the 1974 floods. There have been reports of panic buying at grocery stores across south-east Queensland, and some retail outlets are running low on essential items such as bread and milk. Scott Driscoll from the United Retail Federation says many shop owners are reporting busier than usual trade. "Trade today has been akin to holiday levels ... very, very high...
  • Floods hit Brisbane, Australia's 3rd-largest city

    01/11/2011 12:58:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/11/11 | Kristen Gelineau and Tertius Pickard - AP
    BRISBANE, Australia – For weeks, the flooding in eastern Australia has been a slow-motion disaster, with drenching rain devastating wide swaths of farmland and small towns. Now, rivers are rising in Brisbane, the country's third-largest city, forcing people to flee both suburbs and skyscrapers. Flooding that has unfolded since late November across the waterlogged state of Queensland turned suddenly violent Monday, with a cloudburst sending a raging torrent down the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane. Hundreds had to be rescued by helicopter Tuesday.
  • Brisbane flash floods claim at least eight lives, dozens missing (daughter is right in the middle)

    01/10/2011 3:10:18 PM PST · by steveo · 10 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | 11 January 2011 | Anna Caldwell, James O'Loan, Anthony Templeton and Rikki-Lee Arnold
    AT least eight people have died in the latest wave of flooding in Queensland and dozens more are missing. Premier Anna Bligh this morning said eight people had died in the floods and another 11 people are confirmed missing near Toowoomba. The deputy commissioner of police Ian Stewart said 72 people had been reported as missing throughout the whole region. Ms Bligh said the dead included a mother and two children whose car had been swept away in the floodwaters. She said wet weather was hampering the rescue efforts and the search for the 11 missing people. "We have a...
  • Australian floods 'disaster of biblical proportions': official

    01/04/2011 3:48:15 PM PST · by FromLori · 5 replies
    The National Post ^ | 1/4/11 | Daniel Munoz
    GRACEMERE, Australia — Military aircraft ferried supplies to an Australian town slowly sinking beneath swollen rivers on Monday, as record flooding in the country’s northeast severed roads and ports, curtailing coal exports and devastating farmland. Floods covering an area the size of France and Germany combined submerged the Capricorn Highway, the major traffic artery through Queensland state. High waters surged into homes in the sinking town of Rockhampton, sending furniture and refrigerators cascading down torrents of floodwater. Storm warnings were issued in southern Queensland late on Monday, with heavy rain and new flash floods forecast. Motorists were told to avoid...