May 11, 2009 |
The National Guard is helping residents recover from weekend flooding that destroyed at least 300 buildings, knocked out power and caused mudslides that flushed trash, debris and at least one mobile home downstream. Gov. Joe Manchin III toured the region and activated 300 Guard troops on top of the 30 he called up Saturday, when he declared a state of emergency for six counties, said state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokesman Robert Jelacic. "Since I have been governor, the damage that was caused by the flash floods and rain is as bad as I have seen anywhere," Manchin said in a statement.
May 7, 2009 |
Aid was rushed by air, over land and through rapidly rising waters to dozens of cities and towns in three Amazon states isolated by floods that have killed at least 32 people and left more than 200,000 homeless. Officials said the rainfall and flooding is the worst that some parts of the region have seen in two decades.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.