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July 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Water rushed into rain-soaked Decatur's downtown when an earthen dam broke. No injuries were reported, but the sudden flood gave Beverly and Dale Harris a scare as they were cleaning up their auto-sales business from earlier flooding. Water rushed into the office and swept up a couch that then pinned Beverly Harris against a wall. "We didn't know what was going on," she said.
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March 28, 2014 | By David Zucchino
MONCURE, N.C. -- Regulators in North Carolina cited Duke Energy on Friday for a crack in an earthen dam holding back coal ash slurry at a retired coal-burning plant, where the utility was cited March 20 for illegally dumping coal ash waste into the Cape Fear River. The "notice of deficiency" is the latest allegation against Duke Energy, which was responsible for a massive coal ash spill Feb. 2 that left 70 miles of the Dan River coated with coal ash sludge in North Carolina and Virginia -- the third-largest such spill in U.S. history.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1986 | ALISON BETHEL, Times Staff Writer
Once a beautiful oasis for fishing, boating and casual strolls, Sinaloa Lake now resembles nothing more than a vast green hole filled mostly with trees and weeds. Three years have passed since the lake was reduced to a muddy pond after heavy rainstorms caused two slides on the face of its earthen dam. Fearful that the dam would collapse, state officials ordered that the lake be drained and the dam destroyed. The action prompted a $4-million lawsuit, awaiting a new trial date in U.S.
NATIONAL
August 31, 2012 | By Richard Simon
As Isaac made its way into Arkansas on Friday, Gulf Coast communities struggled with high water left by the storm. One couple was found dead inside their flooded Louisiana home. Isaac, now a tropical depression , was expected to drench Arkansas and Missouri with heavy rain Friday, Meghan Evans, an AccuWeather meteorologist, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning. Flash flooding was possible, but the rain also arrives at a time when the area has been suffering from a severe drought.
NEWS
September 13, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Swollen rivers that destroyed three dams and threatened four others in Michigan's Lower Peninsula began retreating Friday, but at least 1,400 people were still under evacuation orders, officials said. The 18-county area hardest hit by the storms that dumped up to 13 inches of rain on the state and killed at least five people was declared a disaster area by Gov. James J. Blanchard, making communities in the region eligible for low-interest loans.
NATIONAL
August 31, 2012 | By Richard Simon
As Isaac made its way into Arkansas on Friday, Gulf Coast communities struggled with high water left by the storm. One couple was found dead inside their flooded Louisiana home. Isaac, now a tropical depression , was expected to drench Arkansas and Missouri with heavy rain Friday, Meghan Evans, an AccuWeather meteorologist, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning. Flash flooding was possible, but the rain also arrives at a time when the area has been suffering from a severe drought.
NEWS
May 21, 1989 | PETER MATTIACE, Associated Press
A century later, Elsie Frum remembers vividly the steady, shrill whistle of warning and the horrifying wall of water that killed 2,209 people in the Johnstown Flood of 1889. "My father ran into the house and said: 'Run! The dam has broken!' And we ran. We just got out in time," Mrs. Frum recalls. "It was terrible. It sounded like thunder. It took everything, everything in front of it--railroad engines, the roundhouse. It took all the buildings. It looked like an ocean. "Then there was nothing left.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2014 | By David Zucchino
MONCURE, N.C. -- Regulators in North Carolina cited Duke Energy on Friday for a crack in an earthen dam holding back coal ash slurry at a retired coal-burning plant, where the utility was cited March 20 for illegally dumping coal ash waste into the Cape Fear River. The "notice of deficiency" is the latest allegation against Duke Energy, which was responsible for a massive coal ash spill Feb. 2 that left 70 miles of the Dan River coated with coal ash sludge in North Carolina and Virginia -- the third-largest such spill in U.S. history.
NEWS
January 25, 1998 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A break in a decades-old pipe spewed crude oil into an irrigation system south of town Saturday morning, but emergency crews stopped the gooey flow before it reached the Santa Clara River. The dark oil lay in thick pools at the bottom of ditches alongside orange groves in the Bardsdale area 1 1/2 miles south of Fillmore, flowing as deep as two feet at some points.
NEWS
July 21, 1985 | From Associated Press
An earthen dam high in the mountains of northern Italy collapsed Friday, releasing a huge wall of water that crushed houses and tourist hotels and killed more than 200 people, officials said. "I saw the end of the world," one unidentified survivor said in an interview with the state-run RAI television network.
WORLD
March 28, 2009 | Paul Watson and Dinda Jouhana
Rescue workers searched desperately into the early-morning hours today for dozens of missing Indonesians after a dam burst just outside the capital and a wall of mud and water killed more than 60 people as they slept. "My prediction is we still have many people trapped in there, so the death toll will rise," said Rustam Pakaya, chief of the Health Ministry's crisis center. "I think the death toll can reach 100," he said. The Associated Press reported that at least 69 were dead.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Water rushed into rain-soaked Decatur's downtown when an earthen dam broke. No injuries were reported, but the sudden flood gave Beverly and Dale Harris a scare as they were cleaning up their auto-sales business from earlier flooding. Water rushed into the office and swept up a couch that then pinned Beverly Harris against a wall. "We didn't know what was going on," she said.
NEWS
January 25, 1998 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A break in a decades-old pipe spewed crude oil into an irrigation system south of town Saturday morning, but emergency crews stopped the gooey flow before it reached the Santa Clara River. The dark oil lay in thick pools at the bottom of ditches alongside orange groves in the Bardsdale area 1 1/2 miles south of Fillmore, flowing as deep as two feet at some points.
NEWS
May 21, 1989 | PETER MATTIACE, Associated Press
A century later, Elsie Frum remembers vividly the steady, shrill whistle of warning and the horrifying wall of water that killed 2,209 people in the Johnstown Flood of 1889. "My father ran into the house and said: 'Run! The dam has broken!' And we ran. We just got out in time," Mrs. Frum recalls. "It was terrible. It sounded like thunder. It took everything, everything in front of it--railroad engines, the roundhouse. It took all the buildings. It looked like an ocean. "Then there was nothing left.
NEWS
September 13, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Swollen rivers that destroyed three dams and threatened four others in Michigan's Lower Peninsula began retreating Friday, but at least 1,400 people were still under evacuation orders, officials said. The 18-county area hardest hit by the storms that dumped up to 13 inches of rain on the state and killed at least five people was declared a disaster area by Gov. James J. Blanchard, making communities in the region eligible for low-interest loans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1986 | ALISON BETHEL, Times Staff Writer
Once a beautiful oasis for fishing, boating and casual strolls, Sinaloa Lake now resembles nothing more than a vast green hole filled mostly with trees and weeds. Three years have passed since the lake was reduced to a muddy pond after heavy rainstorms caused two slides on the face of its earthen dam. Fearful that the dam would collapse, state officials ordered that the lake be drained and the dam destroyed. The action prompted a $4-million lawsuit, awaiting a new trial date in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The chirping of birds and the whoops of children frolicking in the grassy hollow give the hilltop a sense of serenity now. It was different 40 years ago. There was a gurgling sound, a warning scream and finally a whooshing roar as death and destruction swept down a ridge into a Los Angeles neighborhood. The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963.
WORLD
March 28, 2009 | Paul Watson and Dinda Jouhana
Rescue workers searched desperately into the early-morning hours today for dozens of missing Indonesians after a dam burst just outside the capital and a wall of mud and water killed more than 60 people as they slept. "My prediction is we still have many people trapped in there, so the death toll will rise," said Rustam Pakaya, chief of the Health Ministry's crisis center. "I think the death toll can reach 100," he said. The Associated Press reported that at least 69 were dead.
NEWS
July 21, 1985 | From Associated Press
An earthen dam high in the mountains of northern Italy collapsed Friday, releasing a huge wall of water that crushed houses and tourist hotels and killed more than 200 people, officials said. "I saw the end of the world," one unidentified survivor said in an interview with the state-run RAI television network.
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