August 15, 1989
President Bush signed legislation that will speed $897 million in assistance to farmers whose crops he said had been battered this year by "the forces of nature." The bulk of the aid--$400 million--will go to wheat farmers whose winter harvest in Kansas and other states was devastated by drought. At the other extreme, the Disaster Assistance Act will compensate farmers in the South and elsewhere whose rice, soybean, cotton and other crops were wiped out by rain, wind and floods.
May 12, 1990 |
Showers and thunderstorms dumped more rain on the already soaked ground of northern Texas, southwestern Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma, where the flooding Trinity and Red rivers have caused millions of dollars in damage. Flash-flood watches were posted for parts of northeastern Texas. Strong southerly winds prevailed from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley. Winds at Guadalupe Pass, Tex., gusted to 67 m.p.h.
October 13, 1990 |
Hurricane Lili and the remains of Tropical Storm Marco locked pincers on the South on Friday with a combination of powerful winds, heavy surf and drenching rains. At least 10 people have died in the storms. Lili lurked off the shore of North Carolina, a weakling among hurricanes, spinning harmless 8-foot waves into the Outer Banks. Its winds were clocked at 75 m.p.h.--barely over the hurricane threshold of 74 m.p.h.
March 9, 1998 |
Wind-driven snow that paralyzed travel across the Midwest on Sunday was blamed for two traffic deaths, while six people lost their lives and 2,000 were forced from their homes by storms and flooding in the South. More than a foot of snow fell across the central Plains and Midwest, filling roadside motels with idled motorists and stranding others in their cars. In Elba, Ala., a creek swollen by four days of rain burst a levee, forcing about 2,000 people to flee.
May 19, 1990 |
With a pistol strapped to his side, Paul Andrews gently throttled up the engine on his flat-bottomed boat and cruised down the ribbon of open space between the trees. The trouble was, only days earlier this had been the road to his house. Then the floods came, spilling the Trinity River out of its banks. The water roiled around trees and houses and over roads.
March 21, 1990 |
Muddy waters surging through Florida's Panhandle region on Tuesday forced more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, authorities said. More than 1,500 people were evacuated in three Florida counties flooded by the rising Choctawhatchee River and about 500 others were moved from other Panhandle river basins flooded by runoff from Alabama and Georgia, where heavy rains fell last week. The worst flooding in the South was in Alabama.