Is your property a flood risk? New tool shows millions are, including entire Florida towns
A new app designed to rank the flood risk for every property in the U.S. has some distressing findings for Florida.The cities with the most properties at risk are all over the state — from Tampa, the city most at risk to storm surge, to Cape Coral, which Politico memorably dubbed “the boomtown that shouldn’t exist,” to sunny-day flooded Miami and Fort Lauderdale.But the data reveals rarely mentioned cities where virtually every home is at risk of flooding today. They include the 5,000 homes in Sarasota County’s Warm Mineral Springs, the 4,000 homes in the upscale Broward County boaters’ haven ...
Floods kill at least 3 displaced Syrians in Idlib refugee camp
ThreeSyrianswere killed on Friday afterflash floodsstruck arefugee campin the northwestern province ofIdlib, according to a report byArabi21.The torrents resulted from heavy rainfall in the region, flooding at least 75 tents in the Kafr Bani camp, as well ashumanitarian aidthat had arrived the day before.White Helmets crews are searching for two people who went missing, according to the report.Flash floods have previously been an issue for the already run-down camps in northwest Syria, destroying tents and adding hardship to those displaced by war.Last year, more than 40,000 displaced people i...
Michigan officials sue dam owners for flood damage, repairs
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan officials filed suit Tuesday against Boyce Hydro Power in a bid to hold the Edenville Dam owners responsible for widespread flood damage in the Midland area and recoup the taxpayer money spent to address the breach.The lawsuit filed in Ingham County Circuit Court would ask the court to set enforceable deadlines for fixing the Edenville Dam on the Tobacco River side, said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who is suing on behalf of the state environmental and natural resource departments. She noted the Tobacco River side is “still showing many signs of weakness.”“W...
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Flooding from heavy seasonal rains leaves 16 dead in Yemen
Floods swept through Yemen amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving at least 16 people dead and flooding dozens of homes, security officials said Thursday.The casualties were reported in eastern Hadramawt and southern Shabwa provinces, where it began raining late Wednesday, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media. Yemen's rainy season runs from April to the end of August.At least 25 houses were flooded and hundreds of livestock killed in Hadramawt, the officials said. Yemeni military planes have been rescuing residents trapped in va...
Louisiana and parts of Texas and Mississippi in Tropical Storm Cristobal's cone, but it's early yet
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Cristobal could potentially reach the U.S. Gulf Coast by the end of the weekend, according to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center.The storm’s cone of probability, which shows the range of potential paths it could take, now includes the entire Louisiana coast, as well as parts of neighboring Texas and Mississippi, according to the 4 a.m. Wednesday public advisory.If this path were to hold, it would see Cristobal ultimately heading north across the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana. That said, it was still early, and forecasters warn tha...
Floods and tears in Bangladesh a week after cyclone
Khulna (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Rezaul Islam wades through waist-high water, a sack of rice on his head salvaged from what remains of his home, a week after a cyclone savaged Bangladesh and eastern India.The strongest storm to hit the area this century killed more than 100 people, flattening entire villages, uprooting trees and ruining fish ponds in the Indian state of West Bengal, and south-west Bangladesh."We are trying to salvage whatever we can," 17-year-old Islam told AFP, his house still half-submerged in water left by storm surges unleashed by Cyclone Amphan.With homes destroyed or uninhabi...
Flash flooding hits South Florida
MIAMI — Many parts of South Florida experienced flash flooding Monday afternoon due to heavy downpours that dumped more than 4 inches of rain in under an hour in some areas.The torrential showers began over the weekend, didn’t relent Monday and are expected to last through Tuesday.The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for Miami, Miami Beach and North Miami that were expected to continue into early Monday evening. Parts of the Keys also saw flooding.The weather rendered many streets impassible.Federal forecasters also issued special marine warnings for the Atlantic Ocean and ...
Stunned evacuees face 'unthinkable' flood damage
HOPE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — There’s pain in Hope.The mid-Michigan township of about 1,300 residents was among the communities still reeling Wednesday, a day after after heavy rains led to failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams, causing massive flooding throughout Midland County.The Tittabawassee River breached the two dams, which drained Wixom Lake, leaving behind a bizarre, barren landscape — a muddy lake bottom dotted by gnarled docks and beached boats.“It’s a disaster,” said Dave Cryderman, owner of the Hook Party Store and Bait Shop across the street from the lake. Early Wednesday, the shop...
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Dow amid Michigan flooding: Water mixed with our containment ponds, but no chemicals released
DETROIT — Floodwaters from the ongoing deluge in Midland County have mixed with containment ponds at the vast Dow chemical plant in Midland, although the situation does not pose harm to people or the environment, the company said Wednesday.Dow announced on its Facebook and Twitter pages that flood waters began “commingling with on-site containment ponds” at the Midland plant at about 10 a.m. The company then partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard to activate emergency flood preparedness plans.Later in the afternoon, company officials said the flood waters were mixing “with an on-site pond used fo...
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Strong wind, heavy rain, dangerous surf possible in parts of Carolinas as Arthur nears
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tropical Storm Arthur will bring strong winds and heavy rains to parts of the Carolinas coast, forecasters say.Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is located about 135 miles south of Morehead City as of 5 a.m. Monday and is moving northeast, according to the National Weather Service. North Carolina could start to feel winds associated with the storm early Monday morning.The storm was moving “a bit faster” early Monday, NWS officials said.“Arthur will approach the coast of North Carolina during the next few hours, and then move near or just east of ...
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