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June 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of people living downstream from a rain-swollen lake evacuated after a floodgate jammed on a dam for more than 12 hours. The gate was later repaired. By 10 p.m. Sunday, emergency officials allowed residents to return to their homes near Lake Manatee, east of Bradenton. Heavy rains since Wednesday forced flood watches in 18 counties and caused at least two other rivers to overflow.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1991
Authorities ordered residents along the Santa Fe Springs-La Mirada border to evacuate their homes after a cloud of hydrochloric acid was reported Wednesday evening. A tank containing 4,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid began leaking about 8:30 p.m. in an industrial area at Marquardt Avenue and Borate Street in Santa Fe Springs and evacuations of an estimated 1,000 people were ordered in neighborhoods north of Rosecrans Avenue and east of Marquardt, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2008 | From Times staff and wire reports
Residents of more than 100 Napa County homes were under evacuation orders Saturday as a wildfire just east of St. Helena burned 300 acres of rolling hills scattered with wineries, fire officials said. More than 1,500 firefighters worked through Friday night battling the fire, which started at 5:45 p.m. near Deer Park. By 7 a.m. Saturday the blaze was 70% contained, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant. Two structures burned and about 200 homes were threatened.
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May 11, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
The rain-swollen Mississippi River inundated evacuated neighborhoods in the Mississippi Delta on Wednesday and washed away precious crops, as residents farther downstream prepared for the looming floodwaters. After cresting at 47.8 feet Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., the river's high waters moved south, reaching 58 feet and growing in Natchez, Miss., the National Weather Service said. The river is expected to crest there at 64 feet on May 21. Across Mississippi, about 1,000 structures have been hit by floodwaters, and officials expect to evacuate between 2,000 and 5,000 people in coming days.
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June 23, 2012 | By Stephanie Chavez
Evacuation orders were lifted Saturday night for about 2,300 Utah wildfire evacuees after officials determined the blaze no longer posed a threat. The decision came after the fire had burned within a quarter-mile of some homes in Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Teresa Rigby said. No homes have burned. “The fire itself is still active but it no longer is a direct threat to homes,” Rigby told the Associated Press.
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June 4, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
An unusually heavy Rocky Mountain snowmelt coupled with spring rains have swelled the Missouri River and its dams to dangerously high levels, prompting thousands of North and South Dakota residents to evacuate and prepare for flooding. The rising river flowing through the Dakotas has strained infrastructure designed to protect communities in the Missouri River basin, said Michael Fowle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, S.D. "It's the perfect storm, but in the worst sense," Fowle said.
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November 7, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali and Joseph Serna
NEW YORK--Wet snow and heavy winds thrashed New York City on Wednesday, forcing new  evacuations in areas flooded by Superstorm Sandy last week and knocking out power to some areas where it had just been restored. At an afternoon briefing, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said he ordered the evacuations of four nursing homes that together held more than 600 people in the hard-hit Rockaways. Volunteers were going door to door in low-lying areas of the city, including seafront areas in Brooklyn and in Staten Island, informing residents about the availability of emergency shelters.
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March 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Explosions shook a gas-distribution plant in suburban Miami, creating plumes of smoke and forcing evacuations in the surrounding area as fire threatened scores of gas storage tanks. Nobody was injured, authorities said. The explosions at Airgas South Inc. happened as workers were unloading tanks, including flammable acetylene gas, from a flatbed truck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fumes from a tanker truck being cleaned at a plant prompted evacuations for about two hours, but no one was hurt. Haz-mat crews checked out the truck at Quala Systems in the 8300 block of Wilcox Avenue and determined that the fumes were not toxic. Among the places evacuated was a nearby elementary school.
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