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October 2, 1998 | From Associated Press
Heavy rains sent a 5-foot wall of water tumbling down an irrigation canal Thursday in central Mexico, killing 12 people when it washed away tin-and-cardboard homes along the banks. The flood waters in Tenextepango in Morelos state collapsed a brick wall, sending it crashing down on the two-room home of 14-year-old Miguel Angel Solano and sweeping the occupants out into the predawn darkness. "My mother was saying, 'We should go. We should go. We should get out of here.'
August 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
Flash floods triggered by heavy rain have inundated farms and villages in much of northeastern Iran, killing at least 67 people, state media and officials said Saturday. Dozens of villagers in Golestan and Khorasan provinces were stranded by flood waters while others are feared missing, the official Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA, reported. The report said 67 people, all from Golestan, have died in the flooding.
January 16, 1985 | From Reuters
At least 26 people were killed in a mud slide that swept through a shantytown in the Brazilian city of Victoria early Tuesday, police said. They said that 26 bodies have been recovered so far but that at least 50 are feared to be dead. Rescue workers searching the tons of mud and stone that swept away 30 hillside shacks were being hampered by torrential rains.
October 31, 1997
With heavy winter rains predicted, the city is providing sandbags for residents. "We have experienced problems with rain before and with El Nino. We want to be prepared," said Brian McClure of the city's Environmental Services Department. Sand and sandbags are available to La Mirada residents in the parking lot behind the county library in the civic center at 13700 La Mirada Blvd. Residents can take up to 10 bags per household, said McClure.
October 5, 1986
The City Council voted unanimously to condemn a 4,000-square-foot house that perches on a cliff that was formed by a landslide on April 5. Earth from the landslide crushed the house of former Mayor Albert Isen, which was at the bottom of the slope. Despite efforts by the owner, Fred Smith, a retired mortician, to save his house, the council decided to accept City Manager Leroy Jackson's recommendation that the house be demolished.
August 28, 2012 | By David Zucchino
As Hurricane Isaac lumbers through the Gulf of Mexico, attention has been focused on possible landfall at or near New Orleans late Tuesday. But Isaac is so huge - at least 350 miles wide - that areas far beyond New Orleans are likely to be pounded by drenching rains and high winds from the Category 1 storm. Especially vulnerable are low-lying coastal areas just east of New Orleans, along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Those communities, which were devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, are bracing for tidal surges and extended rains in places that are still recovering from Katrina.
April 18, 1993
Thank you for most enjoyable and nostalgic reads in your two pieces on Belgium ("Brussels Blooms," March 21, and "The Venice of Belgium," Aug. 9). I lived in Belgium for nine years during my childhood as a refugee from Cologne during World War II. Life was very grim then. I spent over two years in hiding from the Nazis in Rochefort. Yet I have very fond memories of the country. I agree that tourists have overlooked Belgium for far too long and that the country is a treasure to be discovered and appreciated.
April 21, 1986 | THOMAS OMESTAD, Times Staff Writer
When the rains of winter subside, the crowds at Topanga--and other state parks in the Santa Monica Mountains--grow. On Sunday, with cloudless skies and spring temperatures that climbed into the 90s, sun-soaked Pacific beaches weren't the only destination for Southern Californians. About 300 people traveled to Topanga State Park--eight miles south of the Ventura Freeway in Topanga Canyon--to hike and smell the wildflowers.
March 9, 1985 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
The United States and Niger fear that a second wave of famine could strike northern Africa this summer unless enough food is stockpiled there before seasonal rains make roads impassable, officials accompanying Vice President George Bush on an African tour said Friday. The officials said the concern was raised during a 75-minute meeting here in Niger's capital Friday between Bush and Nigerian President Seyni Kountche. Later, M. Peter McPherson, head of the U.S.
September 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
BIG THOMPSON CANYON, Colo. -- Nick Christensen stared up the road, past the point where sometime last week it had stopped being a road. Highway 34, one of the winding arteries that connects Estes Park and some mountain-dwellers to civilization east of the Rockies, lay cluttered and broken in front of him. Part of the road had plunged into the foaming Big Thompson River, running parallel to the highway perhaps about 12 feet below. "I was just thinking," said Christensen, a spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, "when I was last up here, the water was up to the road.
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