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August 27, 1988 | Reuters
Heavy rains fell in mountains east of Tehran over the past several days, and the ensuing floods caused heavy damage and many casualties, Iranian Television reported Friday.
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March 27, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - Osvel Hinojosa knew that an infusion of water would bring the Colorado River delta back to life. But in just a few days, a U.S.-Mexican experiment to revive the delta environment has exceeded his expectations. The water is running deeper, faster and wider than anticipated in a channel that was once bone-dry. Hinojosa has spotted hawks, egrets and ospreys flying above the newly flowing water. He's even seen beavers. "It's just amazing to see that we can recover the river and see it alive again," said Hinojosa, water and wetlands program director at Pronatura Noroeste, a Mexican water conservation group.
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October 3, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was just past midnight on March 3, 1938, when Edna Wisser gingerly walked into her daughter's bedroom to wake her up, and to show her what nature looks like on a bender. "Mother woke me up sometime in the darkness of the night," said Marion Harvey, now 78, an Anaheim High senior at the time. "Very calmly, she said: 'I want you to look outside your bedroom window, because something is happening that you will never see again.' " She was right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Four female occupants of a car were killed after the driver lost control on a San Bernardino road Thursday night and plunged into a flood control channel, authorities said. The crash occurred after the car spun out and went through a rail, causing two of the occupants to be ejected while the vehicle plunged into the flood channel, burst into flames and burned the other two "beyond recognition," according to the California Highway Patrol. Earlier reports had put the number of dead at three.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1997
When I was a little girl about 75 years ago, we were camping in Yosemite by the Merced River and it started raining very hard. The river flooded all the campsites. We had to pull up stakes and move to higher ground, but not before we watched watermelons, a slab of bacon and various camping equipment heading downstream. Floods are here to stay, but hopefully we can improve on the situation and fool "Mother Nature" someday! VIRGINIA THOMAS Alhambra
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
As coastal areas of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are just drying out from horrific flooding prompted by Hurricane Sandy, more watery disaster has struck 4,200 miles away in Italy. Following torrential rains, Venice is experiencing unusually bad flooding. It's the fourth time floods have exceeded norms there since 2000. One of the world's great artistic treasures, the low-lying city of lagoons on the Adriatic Sea experiences problems from high waters every winter. Especially around St. Mark's Square, many of its Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance buildings are regularly flooded.
WORLD
October 13, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
People here remember when hundreds of Pakistani Taliban militants roamed through the forested ridges flanking the Chail River, armed not with AK-47s but with axes. Employing termite-like efficiency, the militants felled and carted away vast swaths of Himalayan cedar, blue pine and oak, leaving mountainsides dotted with stumps. Through illegal logging, the Taliban generated quick cash to keep its arsenals stocked. But nearly a decade of tree felling by militants and 35 years of deforestation by unscrupulous timber businesses and wealthy landowners have had an unforeseen consequence.
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September 7, 2009 | Corina Knoll and Ari B. Bloomekatz
Robert Lee was standing in his frontyard near the intersection of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Dickens Street in Studio City late Saturday night when he heard a low rumble and saw water at his feet. Then he saw water gushing from a sinkhole. "Maybe 10 to 15 feet in the air, and it was making a beeline for our front door," Lee said, adding that a friend with him was swept off his feet by the rushing water. A rupture in a nearly 100-year-old, 62-inch water trunk line caused flooding several feet deep on some nearby streets, officials said.
WORLD
July 31, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Three days of heavy rain and flash floods have killed at least 408 people in Pakistan, authorities said Friday, as rescue teams struggled to evacuate thousands of stranded villagers from submerged hamlets and towns in the country's northwest. Swollen rivers washed away mud-hut villages and wrecked bridges, roads, hospitals and communication networks across the region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, formerly known as North-West Frontier Province. The death toll was highest in the northwest, where the destruction was the "worst natural calamity in the province's history," Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said.
WORLD
August 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Heavy rains have destroyed or damaged hundreds of shelters housing ethnic Tamils displaced during Sri Lanka's civil war, the United Nations said Monday. The weekend flooding has added to concern over the welfare of nearly 300,000 people who have been living in tents and makeshift shelters since the May defeat by government forces of the Tamil Tigers, ending their 25-year armed campaign for a homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority. Parts of the Manik Farm camp in the island's northeast were inundated, and about 1,925 shelters may have been damaged or destroyed, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.
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March 11, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Orange County is planning to receive about $83.2 million in federal money over the next two years to fund watershed and flood-control projects, including the massive effort to reduce the potential for flooding along the Santa Ana River. While the federal government has already authorized $45.9 million for this fiscal year, an additional $37.3 million is slated for approval with the 2015 federal budget, according to a list of recommended projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Tuesday.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
About 350 people were stranded in eastern Montana on Tuesday when rivers overflowed their banks because of melting ice and snow. Hundreds of residents just outside the town of Roundup, about 50 miles north of Billings, have been cut off from outside help for more than a day after the Musselshell River burst through a dike and covered a crucial access road with several feet of water, officials and residents told the Los Angeles Times. The water is "up to the fence posts" and has gotten so high between the town and the stranded residents that “the county actually has a hard time getting a 'road closed' sign in on our side," Lance Redding, one of the stranded residents, told The Times.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Halliburton Co. and other U.S. corporations urged the Supreme Court to reverse a 26-year-old ruling that triggered an avalanche of class-action lawsuits by investors in publicly traded companies. But based on justices' comments Wednesday, it appeared they would fall at least one vote short of a major victory. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy explored the idea of a "midway" ruling that would make it slightly harder, but not impossible, to bring such suits.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to roll back flood insurance rate increases that have devastated many homeowners in coastal communities and dogged lawmakers on the campaign trail. The deal, brokered by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) with a bipartisan coalition of coastal state lawmakers, sailed through the House, 306 to 91, despite protests from conservative Republicans that the changes would add to the national debt. "It is said by the media and others that we cannot work together," Waters said before the vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- While under investigation for allegedly taking bribes last year, state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) openly accepted $6,827 in legal gifts, including concert and fight tickets, expensive meals and travel from special interests, and a golf game from a group that investigators say was part of a criminal conspiracy, records show. The nonprofit group Californians for Diversity, which is controlled by the senator's brother, former Assemblyman Thomas Calderon, spent $265 to provide Sen. Calderon with a game of golf in September 2013, the lawmaker reported in his annual statement of economic interests.
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March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The 110 Freeway was closed at the 405 Freeway in Carson because of flooding, Caltrans District 7 announced on its Twitter feed shortly before 6 p.m. The storm that hit Southern California on Saturday is expected to drop nearly 6 inches on downtown Los Angeles - and more in the mountains and hillside areas - by the time it moves on toward the Midwest and Northeast. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for parts of Glendora, Monrovia and Azusa. In downtown Los Angeles, a large hole swallowed a chunk of street in the 200 block of North Broadway.
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July 20, 2013 | By James Rainey
A powerful thunderstorm blasted through Las Vegas and nearby communities Friday evening, flooding streets, toppling trees and trapping tourists inside casinos. Torrential rains and 70-mph winds also knocked out power in more than a dozen  locations, including Primm, the town that sits on Interstate 15 at the California-Nevada border. About 50 people had to evacuate from one condominium complex because of fallen trees, gas leaks and a loss of electricity. They took shelter at Desert Pines High School, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal . The National Weather Service declared a flash flood warning for Las Vegas and surrounding areas for Sunday afternoon through Monday evening.
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February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Hailey Branson-Potts and Bob Pool
A flash flood warning was issued about 7:15 p.m. Friday for central Los Angeles County as a band of heavy rain centered over the region. Rain was falling as fast as 1 inch per hour from Sunland-Tujunga to Beverly Hills. Urban flash flooding could occur through the 8 p.m. hour. Lightning was reported in Hollywood.  The warning was sent out via text messages on cellphones around the county. The National Weather Service warned of flooding on the 210, 5, 405 and 170 freeways, as well as the canyon roads between the San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.  RELATED: Azusa hillside unstable, more evacuations ordered Concern was also high Friday evening in the foothill cities east of Los Angeles, just under the San Gabriel Mountains, where burned hillsides pose a risk of mudslides.  An unstable hillside in Azusa prompted police to order evacuations of all 26 homes on Ridge View Drive in the  Colby fire  burn area.
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February 27, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
“Myths, like inquisitive children, keep asking: why?” Marina Warner observes in an essay posted at the London Review of Books. “They answer with stories of origin and destiny, luck and catastrophe.” If anyone should know about this, it would be Warner . A professor at England's University of Essex, she may be our foremost authority on fairy tales. This is not, lest we think otherwise, kids' stuff; what Warner is after, rather, is what we might call the substance of our imaginative DNA. “Stories come from the past but speak to the present (if you taste the dragon's blood and can hear what they say)
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