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  • New role for president: fundraiser in chief (Obama raised $$ while ND residents are flooded)

    03/26/2009 7:54:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies · 674+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/25/09
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama takes his first stab Wednesday night at the role of fundraiser in chief. The president is the main attraction at two events in the nation's capital for the Democratic National Committee, making for the first fundraising test for Obama since he took over the presidency two months ago.
  • At Least Four Dead in Heavy Rains, Flooding in Puerto Rico

    09/22/2008 8:34:19 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 410+ views
    WAPA.tv (Spanish-language article) ^ | September 22, 2008 | Associated Press
    (English-language translation) SAN JUAN - In addition to claiming the lives of four people, the strong tropical wave that has been affecting the island since yesterday established a record rainfall of over 24 inches in some areas within a 24-hour period. Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá reported today that over 24 inches of rain fell in the Municipality of Patillas, which exceeds the record established in 1985 with the rains that affected the Mameyes community of Ponce, where 185 people died. "We expect rain to continue falling throughout the entire island today," the Governor warned during a press conference where he...
  • Region Hit Hard By 1993 Floods Showed Economic Resiliency, Study Indicates (compare New Orleans)

    07/28/2008 10:34:38 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 4 replies · 76+ views
    Science Daily ^ | July 28, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (July 28, 2008) — With the first wave of clean-up efforts behind them, residents of communities affected by this year’s Midwest floods may find hope in a University of Illinois study on the economic impact of the 1993 flood that devastated much of the same region. [snip] Despite having the distinction of being the costliest U.S. flood of the 20th century – resulting in $20 billion in economic losses – the 1993 flood “caused very minimal or only temporary negative economic impacts in the year of the event, measured by gross domestic product, the unemployment rate and the number...
  • Farm Experts: Floods Caused Minimal Erosion in [Wisconsin]

    07/27/2008 7:11:28 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies · 107+ views
    Madistan.com ^ | July 27, 2008 | Robert Imrie
    WAUSAU, WI -- The torrential rain and flooding that hit southern Wisconsin this summer, destroying tens of millions of dollars worth of farm crops, had a least one silver lining -- soil erosion was not a major problem, farm experts say."We found the fields that had conservation tillage and residue management no-till surprisingly have very little damage," said Don Baloun, a farm conservationist for the U.S. Agriculture Department's Natural Resource Conservation Service in Madison. "What happened is the crop that was planted is a complete loss."Added Susan Butler, a conservation specialist for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Wisconsin, "We expected...
  • The second Amendment, They just Don’t Get it. Do we? (Vanity)

    06/29/2008 12:44:26 PM PDT · by Bowtie52 · 1 replies · 109+ views
    N/A | 6/27/08 | bowtie52
    Among Red White and Blue American’s, the Supreme Court’s decision to validate the Second Amendment was greeted with celebration and fanfare. The issue has been a polarizing and divisive issue ever since crime has taken the spotlight over the last 100 years. In the 1890’s, handguns were banned from the New York docks as the dock workers union was coming into being. The issue is really nothing new. Urban Centers are the primary source of contention regarding this issue as the vast majority of gun violence takes place in them. Asking the Feds to devise a “one size fits all”...
  • Iowahawk: Flood Ravaged Iowans Idiotically Move On

    06/27/2008 3:42:07 PM PDT · by IowaHawk · 41 replies · 112+ views
    Iowahawk | 6/27/08 | David Burge
    Two weeks ago cities across Iowa were inundated by record floods. Now, as the waters recede, some Iowans are finding themselves victimized again -- by their state's self-destructive work ethic. Blogger / flood victim Dave Burge reports from the scene. Iowa's forgotten flood victims - Dave and friends As an Iowan and the proud owner of two big screen LCDs from Coralville Rent-A-Center, I've seen my share of weather disasters. But, even with full 1080p HD, I never really stopped to think that it could happen to me. So when the floodwaters of the Iowa River reached my own...
  • Floods may push corn inventories to historical low ( analysts warn of $10 corn )

    06/27/2008 11:29:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 69 replies · 165+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | June 27, 2008 12:15 p.m. EDT | Moming Zhou, MarketWatch
    USDA to report acreage; analysts warn of $10 corn and possible supply crisisSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Recent Midwest flooding may have damaged millions of acres of corn crops, analysts expect the U.S. Department of Agriculture to say in its crop acreage report slated for release Monday. The loss of acreage could slash U.S. corn production and push the 2009 season's year-end stocks to the lowest level since just after World War II, analysts said. And the real damage is likely to be even worse than what Monday's 8:30 a.m. EDT report will show, as it's still too early to evaluate...
  • News on Iowa Floods

    06/20/2008 11:50:40 AM PDT · by safetysign · 36 replies · 816+ views
    Political Brawl Hall ^ | 06/20/2008 | Unknown
    "Where are all of the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods? Where is all the media asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn't solved the problem? Asking where the FEMA trucks (and trailers) are? Why isn't the Federal Government relocating Iowa people to free hotels in Chicago? When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines? Where are Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks? Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes and big screen...
  • Iowa flooding could be man’s fault, experts say - (Quit farming and we'll be fine)

    06/19/2008 11:04:51 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 20 replies · 122+ views
    msnbc ^ | 6/19/08 | Joel Achenbach
    (SNIP) Enshayan, director of an environmental center at the University of Northern Iowa, suspects that this natural disaster wasn't really all that natural. He points out that the heavy rains fell on a landscape radically reengineered by humans. Plowed fields have replaced tallgrass prairies. Fields have been meticulously drained with underground pipes. Streams and creeks have been straightened. Most of the wetlands are gone. Flood plains have been filled and developed.
  • Stupid Question about our recent Midwest Flooding?

    06/18/2008 4:31:56 AM PDT · by Gillmeister · 28 replies · 51+ views
    6/19/08 | Gillmeister
    The recent devastating flooding in our heartland raised 1 question in my mind........
  • Flooding On The Mississippi: Clarksville Doing All It Can

    06/17/2008 7:56:09 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 5 replies · 132+ views
    Artorius Castus Blog ^ | 17 JUne 08 | FOX2 KTVI
    Last Edited: Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008, 9:17 PM CDT Created: Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008, 4:33 PM CDT(KTVI - myFOXstl.com) -- An artists' town where the Mississippi River is expected to crest at record levels Friday was hanging on with prayers from strangers and volunteers from as far away as sympathetic New Orleans.
  • Status Quo-Oh

    06/16/2008 7:12:58 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 10 replies · 83+ views
    kunstler.com ^ | June 16, 2008 | James H. Kunstler
    Status Quo-oh A catastrophe for Iowa farmers will not be just a catastrophe for Midwestern Americans. In the Iowa floods, we'll see more evidence of how the problems of weird weather (climate change) combine and ramify the problems associated with peak oil. In this particular case they lead to an inflection point sometime around the 2008 harvest season, which will also be our time of political harvest. These are not your daddy's or granddaddy's floods. These are 500-year floods, events not seen before non-Indian people starting living out on that stretch of the North American prairie. The vast majority of...
  • Fields of Water

    06/16/2008 12:26:38 AM PDT · by gpapa · 13 replies · 143+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2008 | Unattributed
    If the terrible Midwest floods have a silver lining, it is the grit and self-reliance that residents have shown in coping with the disaster. Iowans in particular haven't blamed everyone else for their version of Katrina. They've been following orders on when to evacuate, volunteering to lay sandbags to protect still-dry areas, and are already planning how they'll clean up the mess when the floodwaters subside. The worst floods in 15 years have done enormous damage, especially in the industrial city of Cedar Rapids. The Cedar River crested at some 31 feet on Friday, compared to 19 feet during the...
  • Indiana National Guard Postures for Additional Flood Support

    06/10/2008 4:30:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 106+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS, June 10, 2008 – The Indiana National Guard is preparing to continue a long flood fight across the southern part of the state. Flooding resulted when more than six inches of rain dumped into the Wabash Valley on the evening of June 6 and well into the morning of June 7. Guardsmen and equipment are moving to counties in southwestern Indiana, and officials are working with the county emergency management director to ensure they know the most efficient means of requesting Indiana National Guard support. More than 900 soldiers and airmen from across the state have been activated, and...
  • Levees break as Midwest floods worsen

    06/10/2008 12:53:14 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies · 490+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | June 10, 2008
    LAKE DELTON, Wis. - Storms overnight added to swollen rivers and caused new levee breaks that swamped Illinois farms and homes — part of a week of severe weather that's claimed 15 lives and is expected to continue in the nation's heartland, impacting food prices across the country. Three levee breaks along the Embarras and Wabash rivers in Illinois were causing widespread flash flooding of nearby areas — including Lawrenceville, a town of 5,000, and several smaller communities. About 200 homes are in the immediately affected area, with water up to the roofs of some of them. Between 50 to...
  • Marines assist in relief efforts

    06/09/2008 5:32:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 64+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Jason D. Mills, USMC
    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit began to aid local and state civil authorities yesterday after storms dumped more than 10 inches of rain on southern central Indiana in less than 24 hours. At the local agencies’ request, the Marines began their assistance around 4 p.m. by providing video and photographs from CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters to the Morgan County Department of Emergency Management. Marines also liaised with Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives for an initial assessment of the damage in the area. Later that night, Marines dispatched two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters carrying 50...
  • Floods cut a swath of destruction across southern Missouri

    03/19/2008 12:21:45 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 484+ views
    Excerpt - PIEDMONT, Mo. | Torrential rains that hammered southern Missouri from Springfield to Cape Girardeau caused widespread flooding Tuesday. One man drowned and hundreds of people were left homeless. The flooding closed nearly 200 roads and sent propane tanks and debris spiraling down lowlands turned into raging rivers. Heavy rain began falling Monday and just kept coming. Forecasters said some parts of the state could see 10 inches of rain or more before the storms stop today. An 81-year-old man was found dead around noon Tuesday in Ellington, about 120 miles southwest of St. Louis, said Lt. Nicholas Humphrey,...
  • Storm Could Make For a Soggy Evening Commute(Heads Up Southern Californians)

    12/18/2007 5:26:42 PM PST · by kellynla · 17 replies · 180+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 18, 2007 | Paloma Esquivel
    A storm rolling in from the Gulf of Alaska could dump as much as 8 inches of snow in Los Angeles County mountains overnight, weather forecasters said this afternoon. A snow and blowing snow advisory for Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains is in effect now until 8 a.m. Wednesday, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Blowing snow propelled by gusty winds could make it difficult for drivers to see, he said.
  • WASHINGTON FLOOD VICTIM NEEDS HELP

    12/06/2007 12:31:39 PM PST · by Salamander · 69 replies · 608+ views
    Myself | 12/06/07 | Salamander
    Washington state elderly woman loses everything in flood, needs help for herself and surviving puppies
  • Mexican President Calderon: Floods Cripple Mexico's Oil Industry

    11/03/2007 6:23:13 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 15 replies · 181+ views
    All Headline News ^ | 3 November 2007 | Annabella Bulacan
    Villahermosa, Mexico (AHN) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday warned it would take time to rebuild what has been devastated by the non-stop flooding plaguing the country, including the oil industry, which was crippled by the catastrophe. "The storms have forced the closure of three of Mexico's main oil ports, preventing almost all exports and halting a fifth of the country's oil production. It has a strong economic impact" Calderon said in an interview. The storm did not spare the Bay of Campeche, Mexico's main oil producing region and home to more than 100 oil platforms. Overall, the region...