CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2009 |
Crews worked through the day Monday to repair a broken water main that flooded the intersection of Alvarado and 7th streets near MacArthur Park. The streets began filling with water about 8:45 a.m. after a 12-inch pipe broke, said Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Stephanie Interiano. The agency shut off the water in the immediate area, and officials said they hoped to have service restored and the flooding cleared by late Monday. -- Corina Knoll
October 6, 2009 |
Rescue workers used sandbags to stop a raging river from breaching its embankment near the southern Indian city of Vijayawada as floods triggered by heavy rains over the last week left 2.5 million people homeless. The flooding, described by officials as the worst in many decades in south India, has killed about 250 people, mostly in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. At least 5 million people are crammed in government shelters.
June 22, 2008 |
As the flood-swollen Mississippi River began to peak Saturday, officials said they believed they had survived the worst of the flooding that has ravaged the Midwest for the last two weeks. "We're cautiously optimistic," said Patty Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Emergency Management. "We hope that the worst has passed and we're out of the woods." The flooding began two weeks ago in Iowa and spilled down the Mississippi last week, swamping small communities and farmland and stranding scores of barges on the nation's main commercial waterway.
December 10, 2009 |
Global warming and a resulting rise in sea levels present a direct threat to the world's seaports -- and many of California's harbors are nowhere near ready, state officials say. Sea levels in California are expected to increase 16 inches over the next 40 years, causing flooding and endangering facilities throughout the state, according to a report by the California State Lands Commission. By 2100, the ocean could rise as much as 55 inches, the report said. Most of the 40 ports and shipping hubs surveyed by the state said they were not prepared for the rise in sea levels.
September 27, 2009 |
Tropical Storm Ketsana slammed ashore in the Philippines on Saturday, leaving at least 72 people dead or missing and stranding thousands on rooftops in the capital's worst flooding in more than 42 years. The government declared a "state of calamity" in metropolitan Manila and 25 storm-hit provinces, said Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, who heads the National Disaster Coordinating Council. A landslide and flash flooding in nearby Rizal province killed 35 people, said provincial government spokesman Tony Mateo.
May 4, 2010 |
Thousands of people were flooded out of their homes and businesses in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi on Monday as rivers and streams overflowed their banks, blocking major highways and leaving at least 22 people dead. Authorities feared the death toll could rise once floodwaters recede. In Tennessee, state rescue teams and Coast Guard crews plucked people from flooded homes and hotels. Volunteers used canoes, motor boats and jet skis to reach stranded people, and helicopters rescued some residents from rooftops of homes cut off by roiling brown waters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 |
Los Angeles County flood control officials presented several options for removing built-up debris and mud from a basin above Devil's Gate Dam in northern Pasadena in a draft environmental impact report released Thursday. The basin became choked by mud and debris after the 2009 Station fire and storms that followed. Flood control officials have warned for years that the buildup compromises the dam's ability to contain debris and floodwater in another major storm. Officials say locations downstream from the dam along the Arroyo Seco that could be in danger of flooding include the Rose Bowl, 110 Freeway, neighborhoods in Pasadena and South Pasadena, and the northeastern Los Angeles communities of Highland Park, Hermon, Montecito Heights, Mount Washington and Cypress Park.
September 16, 2013 |
As rain continued for a seventh day, inundating much of the state and creating a virtual moat around the closed Rocky Mountain National Park, Sandra Ellison waited at the Timberline Church here Sunday for the helicopters that would evacuate her parents, 86 and 85. But choppers couldn't operate in the torrential rain and heavy clouds. Her parents would have to wait another day to escape their flooded, remote community near Glenhaven. Like many others in Colorado, they remained trapped inside a slow-motion disaster that has washed out roads, broken bridges from their embankments and separated families.
April 23, 2013 |
Floodwaters that swept through the Midwest last week failed to recede Tuesday after another inch of rain fell in Illinois and surrounding states, and forecasters warned that more was on the way. Heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms battered the region with half a foot of rain last week, inundating several small towns - including Marseilles, Ill., and Kokomo, Ind. - and causing damage from lower Michigan to Missouri. Water coursed through downtown Chicago, submerging cars, knocking out power to thousands of residents and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights from O'Hare International Airport.