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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 (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 ^ | 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 - -- 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.

    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...
  • Bush vows veto of U.S. House flood insurance bill

    09/29/2007 12:49:31 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies · 192+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 26, 2007 5:05pm
    WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Wednesday threatened to veto a post-Katrina bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would expand the federal government's flood insurance program to cover wind damage. The bill sponsored by California Democrat Maxine Waters was expected to reach the House floor on Thursday. Among other steps, it would add wind damage to perils covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), set up in 1968. The White House said in a statement it opposes adding wind coverage to the national flood program. "Shifting liabilities for windstorm damage from the private sector...
  • EU mulls 'natural disaster' force ("Ever Closer Union").

    08/27/2007 7:17:18 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 274+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, August 27, 2007. | Alix Kroeger
    New fires continue to break out around Greece The European Commission will put forward proposals this autumn for a standing EU force to respond to fires, floods and other major emergencies. The commission says the current system has its limits. In 2007, there has been flooding in the UK, a heat wave in central and southern Europe, and now forest fires in Greece, in which at least 60 people have died. But critics say the EU should release financial aid faster, rather than set up a civil protection force of its own. 'Better way' When Greece appealed for help...
  • Kingfisher (OK) evacuates after flooding

    08/19/2007 9:54:04 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 16 replies · 1,290+ views ^ | 08/19/07 | AP
    KINGFISHER,OK - Flooding is forcing evacuations of homes this morning in Kingfisher, said City Manager Richard Reynolds. Parts of the north, east and west sides of Kingfisher have homes threatened by flood waters, Reynolds said about 8:40 p.m. Sunday. The rain is continuing to cause flooding as creeks and rivers are swollen in the area. Streets and roads in Canadian County are also under water, said Jerry Smith, Canadian County Emergency Management Director. Smith said State Highway 66 is closed at Banner Road a mile east of ElReno and Interstate 40 east of El Reno is closed due to flooding...
  • Monsoon floods devastate South Asia (killing at least 166 people, washing away villages, farmland)

    08/02/2007 2:47:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/2/07 | Wasbir Hussain - ap
    GAUHATI, India - Teeming monsoon rains have inundated wide swaths of northern India and neighboring Bangladesh, killing at least 166 people and washing away villages and farmland that 19 million people depend on, officials said Thursday. With rain-swollen rivers bursting their banks along the fertile plains south of the Himalayas, India sent soldiers to help evacuate people from some of the worst-hit areas. "I have not seen such flooding in the last 24 years. It's a sheet of water everywhere," said Santosh Mishra, a resident of the Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh, one of the areas soldiers were sent. Authorities...
  • Extreme Weather Brings Flood Chaos Round The World

    07/30/2007 4:26:03 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 500+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-30-2007
    Extreme weather brings flood chaos round the world 18:40 30 July 2007 news service New Scientist Environment and Reuters People in countries across the world, from China to India and Sudan to Indonesia, are coping with severe wet weather, highlighting the position of flooding as the most deadly of all natural disasters. While single events cannot be linked to climate change, the flooding come as research suggests that global warming will increase rainfall in some parts of the world, including the Indian monsoon, and increase the number of hurricanes – both due increased evaporation in a warmer world. One...
  • Floods show global warming is here

    07/28/2007 11:16:09 AM PDT · by Reagan is King · 83 replies · 1,589+ views ^ | 28/07/2007 | Charles Clover
    As Britain counts the costs of the worst floods in 200 years, Charles Clover argues the signs of global warming are now impossible to ignore A still from the Robert Carlyle film, Flood Big Ben, the London Eye and Westminster Abbey awash. The submerged streets of London indistinguishable from the Thames. Admittedly, the above image, arresting as it is, is the stuff of cinematic trickery. But could it happen? One day, if we are not careful, it just might. Of course, nowhere in the country are flood defences built to a higher standard than in London, because of the value,...
  • Oxford Floods Deepen As More Rain Is Forecast (UK)

    07/25/2007 6:54:22 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 1,261+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-26-2007 | Richard Edwards
    Oxford floods deepen as more rain is forecast By Richard Edwards Last Updated: 2:43am BST 26/07/2007 Flooding may have caused greater devastation in affected areas than the foot and mouth crisis, farmers warned last night, as the floods extended throughout the Thames Valley. Allotments in Oxford. Oxford became the latest area hit yesterday and parts of the city will be left under water for two days. There are further fears with forecasters predicting up to half an inch of rain today in some areas already suffering. The worst floods in modern history have now stretched more than 150 miles along...
  • Historic flooding ravages England

    07/24/2007 6:30:51 AM PDT · by JKrive · 20 replies · 1,235+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2007 | Al Webb
    LONDON — The worst flooding to hit England in at least 60 years has put tens of thousands of people to flight, many leaving their homes, cars and possessions to the ravages of rising water and looters. Forecasters warned yesterday that more rain is on the way. Flash floods that started Friday have inundated thousands of square miles of central and western England, including William Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Other favorite tourist destinations such as Oxford and Windsor are under threat. An estimated 90,000 gallons of water per second is sweeping down the Thames River, so far sparing London but...
  • UK Floods: More Rain Forecast, Worst To Come

    07/22/2007 6:36:57 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 593+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-23-2007 | David Millward, Graham Tibbetts, Richard Edwards and Toby Helm
    UK floods: More rain forecast, worst to come By David Millward, Graham Tibbetts, Richard Edwards and Toby Helm Last Updated: 2:17am BST 23/07/2007 Gordon Brown's proposals to build three million homes in the South East could lead to even more flooding, the Government has been warned by its own planning consultants. With vast swathes of the country underwater, the Prime Minister's new government found itself under attack not only over its handling of the crisis, but also accused by the Tories of adopting policies that could make things even worse. Last night the Environment Agency issued 56 flood warnings across...
  • Texas floods strand Amtrak passengers

    07/22/2007 12:24:14 AM PDT · by gpapa · 405+ views ^ | July 22, 2007 | Unattributed
    KNIPPA, Texas - Storms dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of Texas on Saturday, stranding more than 170 passengers on an Amtrak train for hours and forcing rescue crews elsewhere to pull at least 50 people to safety. Water covering the tracks in Knippa, about 75 miles west of San Antonio, stopped a westbound Amtrak train carrying 176 passengers around 9 a.m. CDT. Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said buses were driving the passengers to El Paso, where they were expected to board another train early Sunday.
  • Floods are judgment on society, say (Anglican) bishops

    07/01/2007 3:53:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 394+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 1, 2007 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    The floods that have devastated swathes of the country are God's judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops.   The Bishop said pro-gay laws were to blame for the floods One diocesan bishop has even claimed that laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, have provoked God to act by sending the storms that have left thousands of people homeless. While those who have been affected by the storms are innocent victims, the bishops argue controversially that the flooding is a result of Western civilisation's decision to...
  • Warming threat fails to sway foes of dam (Auburn, CA)

    04/24/2007 11:04:38 AM PDT · by SierraWasp · 27 replies · 730+ views ^ | 4/24/07 | Gus Thomson
    Warming threat fails to sway foes of dam (Auburn, CA) By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer Tying global warming and the possibility of increased flooding into efforts to build a multipurpose Auburn dam, a California State University, Sacramento survey indicates that the more people fear the threat of a shrinking ozone layer, the less they want the controversial flood-control project. The poll of 1,100 adult residents, including nearly about 200 from Placer County, indicated that 74 percent of those taking the survey think the threat of global warming is a serious one. Forty-eight percent said it was very serious while...
  • 340,000 Flee Deadly Floods In Jakarta

    02/04/2007 3:05:06 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 527+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-4-2007 | Tim Hall
    340,000 flee deadly floods in Jakarta By Tim Hall and agencies Last Updated: 5:16pm GMT 04/02/2007 At least 20 people have been killed and 340,000 have been left homeless after a massive flood hit Indonesia's capital. Rescue workers evacuate a child from a rooftop At least 20 people died and many remain missing after rivers burst their banks in the county’s capital, Jakarta, following three days of torrential rain. Rescue workers and volunteers are searching for missing people and trying to find shelter for the hundreds of thousands who have lost their homes. Authorities have put the city of nine...
  • The heat is on

    09/10/2006 12:35:39 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 81 replies · 2,167+ views
    The Economist ^ | Sep 7th 2006 | The Economist
    The uncertainty surrounding climate change argues for action, not inaction. America should lead the way FOR most of the Earth's history, the planet has been either very cold, by our standards, or very hot. Fifty million years ago there was no ice on the poles and crocodiles lived in Wyoming. Eighteen thousand years ago there was ice two miles thick in Scotland and, because of the size of the ice sheets, the sea level was 130m lower. Ice-core studies show that in some places dramatic changes happened remarkably swiftly: temperatures rose by as much as 20°C in a decade. Then,...
  • CNN Starts Weeklong Attack on Insurance Companies

    08/28/2006 1:52:14 PM PDT · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 36 replies · 1,064+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | August 28, 2006 | Ken Shepherd
    With a tropical storm threatening Florida and the one-year anniversary of Katrina approaching, CNN’s August 28 “American Morning” kicked off a weeklong look at “Red Tape and Rubble” in the Gulf Coast. But Ali Velshi’s first report in the series was unbalanced, treating insurance companies as guilty until proven innocent of greed or fraud. “We’re going to be there when you need us,” anchor Soledad O’Brien said is the promise insurance companies extend out to policy holders, “But many Katrina victims think uh, uh, that’s not true,” she complained. O’Brien set the stage for Velshi’s unbalanced report by painting insurance...
  • Prayer Request thread, 7/1

    07/01/2006 9:40:22 AM PDT · by Knitting A Conundrum · 105 replies · 898+ views
    the good hearts of FR | 7/1/06 | Knitting a Conundrum
    Prayer Needs: Prayer requests for members of our armed forces: Tracey, Sgt. Kevin Downs (injured), stm, nckerr, Jason freema asks:" I beg your prayers for the Haditha Marines, the Hamdaniya Marines  known as the Pendleton 8, the Ishaqi Marines who were recently cleared, and their families." An update on the Hamdaniya Marines: freema also asks: "I have had a request to contact the USMC Ping List to ask you keep up the heat on the subject of the Haditha Massacre Accusations, as FReepers are investigating every nook and cranny, and to request any new information be directed to FReeper backhoe."...

    06/28/2006 11:50:15 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 332 replies · 10,948+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 28, 2006
  • More Rain Likely for Soaked Northeast (Workers pump water from the IRS HQs' flooded basement)

    06/27/2006 4:57:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 540+ views
    The Times and Democrat ^ | 6/27/06 | Stephen Manning, Marty Niland, Derrill Holly
    More Rain Likely for Soaked NortheastBy STEPHEN MANNING Tuesday, June 27, 2006 WASHINGTON - Workers pumped water from the IRS headquarters' flooded basement Tuesday and mopped up at other government buildings Monday after heavy rain swamped the nation's capital. A brief break from the two-day deluge gave crews a chance to reopen commuter routes and set up sandbags to prevent more water from getting inside buildings. More than 7 inches of rain fell on the nation's capital in a 24-hour period Sunday and Monday, shutting down several federal buildings and closing some of the city's busiest tourist attractions just days...
  • Storms, Floods, Mudslides Tie Up D.C. Area (and the Whole Mid-Atlantic)

    06/26/2006 8:30:28 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 48 replies · 1,596+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 6/26/2006 | Marty Niland
    Storms, floods, mudslides tie up D.C. areaBy MARTY NILAND, Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON - Flooding from a weekend of heavy rain shut down the Justice Department building, Internal Revenue Service headquarters and the National Archives on Monday, and created a nightmare for commuters with washed-out roads, mud blocking the Capital Beltway and delays on the area's rail lines. District of Columbia officials urged people to avoid the flooded downtown areas. "They need to give us time to make sure everything's OK," said Michelle Pourciau, the acting director of the D.C. Department of Transportation. "We know that more rain is coming ......
  • Howie Carr: Mitt’s just a few levees short of a bayou (Romney)

    05/17/2006 1:40:33 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 1 replies · 199+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/17/06 | Howie Carr
    So Mitt Romney goes on national TV yesterday and says he’s “making sure there is no looting of any kind.” Looting? Not around here, Governor, not unless the looters have got some of those airboats like they use in the Everglades. Unfortunately, this is what happens when the governor spends so much of his time out of state, telling jokes at the expense of Massachusetts. He’s starting to believe his own material. Of course that was the only reason Mitt was invited on to begin with. The networks are in the middle of a sweeps month, and they desperately wanted...
  • New England Floods Force Hundreds to Flee - States of Emergencies declared, N.H., Mass.

    05/14/2006 7:34:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,049+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/06 | David Tirrell-Wysocki - ap
    CONCORD, N.H. - Torrential rain forced hundreds of people from their homes in parts of New England on Sunday, as water flowed over dams and washed out roads. The governors of New Hampshire and Massachusetts declared states of emergency, activating the National Guard to help communities respond to the storm. Maine's governor also declared a state of emergency for one county. "It's a very serious situation," said New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, adding that forecasters were predicting 12 to 15 inches of rain by the end of the storm in parts of southern New Hampshire. "It continues to change and...
  • Hungary Orders Thousands of Troops to Battle Floods

    04/05/2006 6:58:25 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 6 replies · 287+ views
    ark ^ | April 5, 2006
    BUDAPEST - Hungary said on Tuesday it would deploy 6,000 troops to battle record water levels on the Danube and had shut the river to shipping, while fears grew in the Czech Republic of more floods there. "The flood situation in Hungary continues to be serious," Environment and Water Minister Miklos Persanyi told a news conference on Tuesday. The Danube is expected to peak at a record 8.65 metres (28 feet) in Budapest by Wednesday morning, but recovery will be slow and there could be more flood surges on the Danube and the more unpredictable Tisza, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany...
  • CA: Levee break in Merced floods trailer park

    04/04/2006 1:10:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 993+ views
    Two Central Valley levees broke Tuesday, flooding a trailer park in Merced and inundating farmland in Sacramento County as heavy rain continued to fall across Northern California, the State Department of Water Resources said. A breach on Black Rascal Creek at the confluence of Bear Creek was threatening about 50 nearby homes in Merced, said Michael Miller, a department spokesman. A couple hours later, a private levee built by a farmer east of Highway 99 at the crossing of the Consumnes River south of Sacramento swamped fields but posed no threat to homes, the highway or railroad tracks. The same...
  • Tempting fate: A torrent of doubts (1 more huge reason Doolittle & Delay under attack!)

    02/19/2006 1:15:00 PM PST · by SierraWasp · 20 replies · 636+ views
    Sacramento BEE ^ | 2/19/06 | Matt Weiser
    Tempting fate: A torrent of doubtsProject backers expect electricity, water and flood protection, but critics call it pie-in-the-skyBy Matt Weiser -- Bee Staff Writer Published 2:15 am PST Sunday, February 19, 2006 American taxpayers have had an unsteady relationship with the Auburn dam: $400 million spent so far on a dam that was never built; another $30 million through the end of this year to restore the former construction site; and now $1 million more to study whether to build the dam after all. Since Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans, Auburn dam supporters have rallied behind the project anew, suggesting...
  • California, Missouri at Risk for New Orleans-Style Flooding

    02/18/2006 9:03:16 PM PST · by JRios1968 · 19 replies · 870+ views
    AP via ^ | 18 Feb 2006
    ST. LOUIS — Intensified development in flood-prone parts of Missouri and California significantly raises the risk of New Orleans-style flooding in urban areas on the Mississippi and Sacramento rivers, researchers said Saturday. Around St. Louis, where the Mississippi River lapped at the steps of the Gateway Arch during the 1993 flood, more than 14,000 acres of flood plain have been developed since 1993. That has reduced the region's ability to store water during future floods, said Adolphus Busch IV, a scion of the Anheuser-Busch brewing family and chairman of the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance. Efforts to protect St. Louis from...
  • Calif. Braces For Round Two

    01/01/2006 12:06:54 PM PST · by Daralundy · 13 replies · 483+ views
    Northern California residents braced for a second storm to hit the region Sunday, a day after the first sent rivers spilling into cities and mud sliding into homes and on highways. It's a one-two punch of bad weather after a series of soakings up and down the West Coast all week, reports CBS News correspondent Sandra Hughes. With little time to dry out between storms, creeks and streams are overflowing. The rainy weather that's forecast for California could also put a damper on Monday's Tournament of Roses parade. The National Weather Service predicts the heaviest rain and strongest winds will...
  • Cracks in Chinese Levee Pose 'No Danger'

    12/05/2005 10:51:47 AM PST · by NorseWood · 17 replies · 597+ views
    Engineeering ^ | Nov. 30, 2005 | Cao Desheng
    The cracks that appeared in the levee of the Yangtze River after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Jiujiang in East China's Jiangxi Province on Saturday "pose no danger for the time being," said government officials yesterday. The cracks were found in the Yong'an section of the levee, 30 metres above the ground, Zheng Keqiang, deputy secretary-general of the Jiangxi provincial government, said at a news conference. "The cracks will cause no immediate havoc as the Yangtze River is in dry season," Zheng said. The earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, rocked Ruichang and Jiujiang on Saturday morning, killing at least...
  • Events Force U.S., France to Face Flaws

    11/13/2005 10:22:57 AM PST · by jimbergin · 23 replies · 987+ views
    PARIS - In one case, the catalyst was Hurricane Katrina; in the other, a freak electrocution accident in a Paris suburb. What followed — drownings and dislocation in the United States, riots across France — has forced each nation to confront problems of racism and poverty that are deeply entrenched but usually ignored. The parallel soul-searching is taking place in two countries where politicians and pundits have long delighted in mocking the other's perceived hypocrisies and flaws. "I'm not sure you can say that one country's system is better or worse than the other — neither works very well," said...
  • Do Not Fear Disasters (Originally titled: What Are the Clouds?)

    10/24/2005 8:52:19 PM PDT · by buckeyesrule · 2 replies · 135+ views
    Bible Bulletin Board ^ | 1978 | C. H. SPURGEON
    Do Not Fear Disasters (Originally titled: What Are the Clouds?) August 19, 1855 by C. H. SPURGEON (1834-1892) “Clouds are the dust of his feet.”—Nahum 1:3 It is possible for a man to read too many books. We will not despise learning, we will book undervalue education, such achievements are very desirable; and, when his talents are sanctified to God, the man of learning frequently becomes, in the hands of the Spirit, far more useful than the ignorant and the uneducated; but at the same time, if a man acquires his knowledge entirely from books, he will not find himself...
  • Deforestation Doesn't Trigger Floods, U.N. Report Claims

    10/14/2005 12:12:11 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 4 replies · 385+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 13, 2005 | Alister Doyle
    OSLO — Deforestation is often wrongly blamed for causing floods, like in Guatemala this month, under a myth that has skewed agricultural policies, an international report said on Thursday. "There is no scientific evidence linking large-scale flooding to deforestation," the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said in a report. The frequency of major floods in the past 120 years, back to the late 19th century when forests were far more abundant, has been stable worldwide, it said. That implied that deforestation was not a cause of flooding. It said devastation...