CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 |
All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway north of Burbank were closed Wednesday afternoon after flooding sent mud and debris across the interstate. Flooding also closed all but southbound one lane, backing up traffic into Sun Valley. The California Highway Patrol closed the northbound lanes about 2:30 p.m. as authorities diverted traffic at Glenoaks Boulevard. Several southbound lanes were also closed at Roscoe Boulevard, according to the CHP, which requested bulldozers and other equipment from Caltrans to clear the roadway.
October 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Kentucky health officials thought they might get a handful of serious shoppers when they flipped the switch Tuesday on Kynect, the new online insurance marketplace the state created under President Obama's healthcare law. "We weren't even hopeful that a couple hundred people would apply," said Carrie Banahan, Kynect's executive director. By the end the week, more than 16,000 Kentucky individuals and families had begun online applications to get health coverage next year.
October 1, 2013 |
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The federal government shutdown on Tuesday has left Colorado officials scrambling to keep emergency relief and recovery operations continuing in the wake of last month's massive flooding. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday morning he authorized the use of state money to pay Colorado National Guard troops so they can continue with flood recovery. Under the shutdown they would not be paid, according to the governor's office. “We can't afford to lose one day in rebuilding areas destroyed or damaged by the floods,” Hickenlooper said in a news release.
September 25, 2013 |
Preparations for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics, already beset by delays and cost overruns, have now been hampered by heavy rains and flooding in the Black Sea resort. Authorities declared a state of emergency in the area as crews scrambled to pump water and clear streets. Two major routes leading to Olympics venues were among the roadways blocked by standing water and mudslides. An Olympics official told state television that the Games -- which begin in early February -- will not be delayed by the severe weather.
September 24, 2013 |
The last missing person in the Colorado flood zone has been found, crossing off the final name on a list that at one point included 1,200 unaccounted-for residents, officials announced Tuesday. The last missing person was identified as Jon-Erik Huffspater, Larimer County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Schulz told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. Huffspater has been accounted for, officials announced via Twitter. No other information about him was released. One other person is missing in Larimer County but is presumed dead, he said.
September 23, 2013 |
A man who was missing and presumed dead after Colorado's historic flooding has turned up alive, officials said Monday. The 46-year-old man from Drake, north of Boulder, had been spotted in his cabin just before floodwaters claimed it, Larimer County sheriff's spokesman John Schulz said. "He told us that he was able to climb out of a window just prior to the home being washed away," Schulz said. Officials also said Monday that of the 1,200 people unaccounted for after floods deluged Colorado this month, only six remained missing.
September 23, 2013 |
It's come down to this: Of the 1,200 people unaccounted for after historic floods deluged Colorado this month, only six remained missing as of Monday. That number plunged over the weekend as rescue crews continued to pick through the isolated mountain communities of Larimer County, according to sheriff's spokesman John Schulz. "This is a dynamic list," Schulz told the Los Angeles Times in a Monday phone interview. "We hope additional [people] will come off, we anticipate additional people will be put on. " On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Colorado and met with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to tour flood-stressed areas.
September 22, 2013 |
The residents of the foothill town of Lyons, hit hard by Colorado flooding, have another misery piled on their already destroyed and damaged homes, businesses and roads: the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been found in the town's water system. “We don't want you using any of the water,” Lyons' town administrator, Victoria Simonsen, said during a town hall meeting, which was broadcast online because the town is all but evacuated. There's no timeline for when the water and sewer systems will be restored, Simonsen said.
September 21, 2013 |
BOULDER, Colo. - Clancy Philipsborn stood on the banks of Boulder Creek examining the flood-level marker he helped erect. The 18-foot stone and glass tower was a bit damaged but still standing. "This piece of granite broke off," he said, running his hand over the line of sediment left on the monument by the historic floods that have swept through Colorado. He pointed to small boulders and uprooted trees littering the creek that runs through the center of this university town. "These weren't here last week.
September 20, 2013 |
A week ago, Colorado officials were facing the possibility of hundreds of people dead from massive flooding. But as search and rescue operations continue, the picture is looking brighter, as is the weather forecast. The latest report by state and local officials has placed the number of missing or unaccounted for at about 80 on Friday, down from 1,200 from last week when torrential rains dumped a year's worth of rain on the eastern portion of Colorado in just days. Officials have also said that the majority of those missing would eventually check in and be counted.