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Video Shows Hikers' Escape From Flash Flooding

Deadly floods at Zion National Park killed seven others

(Newser) - A GoPro video documents a couple's harrowing seven-minute escape from the deadly flash flood that hit Zion National Park on Monday. KTLA reports Jordan Birnbaum and his girlfriend were halfway up the 1,500-foot climb to Angels Landing lookout when the rain started to fall. “Oh my God.... More »

7 Hikers Posed for Photo Before Floods Killed Them

Rains came just hours later

(Newser) - Seven avid hikers in safety helmets, wetsuits, and climbing harnesses smiled for a group photo before heading into the mouth of a narrow canyon in southern Utah's Zion National Park. Within hours of them entering Keyhole Canyon, dark skies unleashed fierce rains that sent water surging through the chasm,... More »

Man Lost 2 Wives in Utah Flood

At least 16 people found dead, with 4 still missing

(Newser) - Twelve of the 16 people reported missing when a wall of water washed away two cars in Utah have now been found dead, authorities say. Three survived and one remains missing in Hildale—home of the Warren Jeffs polygamist sect. Three sisters, Della Johnson and Naomi and Josephine Jessop, are... More »

8 Dead, 5 Missing in Utah Flash Flood

Sect members may have missed warning

(Newser) - A wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in a Utah-Arizona border town yesterday, killing at least eight people and leaving five others missing in a community that served as a home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, authorities say. Three people survived as the... More »

Couple's Outdoorsy First Date Ends in Death

His date watched as he was swept away in California

(Newser) - A couple's first date in California's San Bernardino National Forest turned out to be anything but romantic yesterday as the remains of Hurricane Linda sent a storm of heavy rain and hail over the area. While hiking in Forest Falls, east of Los Angeles, the pair became trapped... More »

Phoenix Drenched in Record 1-Day Rainfall

Flash flooding covers Ariz. freeways, snarls commute

(Newser) - Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during this morning's commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. The National Weather Service recorded 2.99 inches of rain by about 7am, breaking the old record of 2.91 inches set in... More »

Storms Kill 1, Strand Thousands in California

Flash floods cut off mountain communities

(Newser) - About 2,500 people were stranded after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in southern California yesterday, while one person was found dead in a flooded creek, authorities say. A body was found in a car that was swept into the rain-swollen water in Mount Baldy and overturned, a San Bernardino County... More »

Boulder Drenched by 'Proverbial 100-Year Flood'

As 73-year rainfall record is absolutely smashed

(Newser) - A third person has died as floods continue to ravage northern Colorado, driving some 4,000 people out of Boulder late yesterday. Rainfall in the city has obliterated a 73-year record, with 12.3 inches falling since Sept. 1—compared to 5.5 in September 1940. Floodwater is pouring from... More »

Colorado Flash Floods Kill 2

Heavy rains have also triggered mudslides, rockslides

(Newser) - Flash flooding in Colorado has left two people dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado today. A Boulder Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman said volunteers are trying... More »

Man Dies Under Mudslide in Colorado Floods

3 still missing

(Newser) - A man's body has been found buried under mud and several feet of debris following a flash flood in Manitou Springs, Colo., last night. An inch and a half of rain fell in the area between 5:30pm and 6pm, causing boulders and mud to flow through the same... More »

Flood Sweeps Tour Bus 300 Yards Off-Course

No one hurt in freak Arizona incident

(Newser) - Flash flood waters swept a tour bus with 33 people aboard hundreds of yards down a wash in northwestern Arizona. The vehicle flipped on its side, but, amazingly, no one was injured, say officials. The Las Vegas-bound bus was returning yesterday afternoon from a day-trip to the Grand Canyon's... More »

2 Drown in N. Carolina Floods

10-year-old and 48-year-old swept away while swimming in creek

(Newser) - Two bodies have been recovered from a creek in western North Carolina, apparently drowned as flash floods hit the area yesterday. Ten-year-old Delilah Lovett was found by kayakers yesterday, and 48-year-old Juan Alberdi was located today, reports the AP . Both victims were from separate families, both swimming in Wilson's... More »

1K Killed in India Floods

40K still stranded in northern India

(Newser) - Flash flooding in northern India this week has killed at least 1,000 people, with the death toll expected to rise. The floods came as thousands of Hindu pilgrims were visiting shrines in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Around 73,000 pilgrims have been evacuated, according to local officials, but... More »

Woman Swept From Car, Dies, in Texas Floods

130 rescued after 10 inches of rain falls

(Newser) - A torrent of heavy rain hit San Antonio last night and this morning, flooding streets and leaving one woman dead. The woman, 29, climbed on the roof of her car after being trapped in the flood, but was swept away by floodwaters, reports USA Today . The water is up to... More »

Flash Floods Kill 11 in Mauritius

PM: Today a day of mourning

(Newser) - Flash floods killed at least 11 people in the capital of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius this weekend, leaving the prime minister pointing a finger at climate change as the culprit. Officials today said that most of the dead drowned in rivers of water that rose swiftly Saturday in... More »

Afghan Flash Floods Kill 19

Many missing as rescuers search for survivors

(Newser) - Flood waters ravaged a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 19 people and destroying hundreds of homes, officials said earlier today. About 60 other people were missing and rescuers were looking for them across Sar-e-Pul, the capital of a province with the same name, said the national disaster... More »

17 Dead, Dozens Missing in Nepal Flood

Surge of water sweeps away villagers, tourists

(Newser) - A surge of water caused by a mountain river bursting its banks has killed at least 17 people and left 43 others missing in Nepal's central Annapurna region. The area is popular with foreign tourists and three Ukrainians are among the missing, reports the BBC . The flash flood, the... More »

Tornado Blasts Texas

Twister damages rural homes near San Antonio

(Newser) - A tornado touched down near San Antonio yesterday, damaging roughly 50 homes and sweeping others away entirely, the National Weather Service has confirmed. The twister touched down about 25 miles southwest of the city and moved toward it, but never reached it, instead damaging mostly rural property, Reuters reports. The... More »

Floods Kill 9 in Italy

6 missing as rain pummels villages

(Newser) - At least nine people have died in flash floods as torrential rains lashed Italy from the Alps to Sicily, authorities say. At least six were missing. Most of the victims were in Borghetto Vara, a northwestern coastal village in the Liguria region. Roiling waters and mud drove through the village,... More »

Zookeepers Shoot Bison Trapped in Floodwaters

Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee continue to pound Northeast

(Newser) - As the floodwaters rose in Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark ZooAmerica, zookeepers made a tough—and controversial—choice: Rather than let two American bison drown while trapped in their pen, zookeepers shot both. Though other zoo animals were evacuated, officials say no one anticipated how quickly the floodwaters would rise, and that... More »

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