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'One in a Million': Chance Drone Pic Saves Trapped Man

Texas' Craig Williams just happened to see photo online of brother's flooded home in NC

(Newser) - A drone photo, a Twitter hashtag, and a concerned brother more than a thousand miles away all helped save a North Carolina veteran trapped in his home by Hurricane Matthew flooding. Craig Williams, who lives in Austin, Texas, was worried about his twin, Chris, who had fled Saturday night to... More »

Trump Tours Flood-Ravaged LA; Clinton, Obama Stay Away

State's governor hopes for more than a 'photo-op'

(Newser) - As part of his most recent effort to be more presidential, Donald Trump visited Louisiana Friday with Mike Pence, the AP reports. Flooding in Louisiana has killed at least 13 people and displaced thousands more. According to Reuters , 40,000 homes were damaged. Trump's campaign manager says Trump was... More »

New Danger That May Emerge From La. Floods: Zika

As floodwaters recede, mosquito eggs may hatch—and bring Zika virus to the public

(Newser) - As thousands of people deal with treacherous flooding in southern Louisiana, a new danger may enter into the mix: increased risk of a mosquito surge over the next few weeks, and with them, the potential spread of the Zika virus, a tropical medicine expert tells USA Today . Peter Hotez of... More »

Louisiana Floods Leave Thousands Homeless

Low pressure system has moved into Texas, but there's still danger

(Newser) - Robert and Gwen Arceneaux endured a sleepless night Sunday after noticing floodwater creeping into their home—in a neighborhood that had never seen water before. They gathered up their dogs and a few bags of belongings and fled out the back door, wading through waist-deep water to a passing National... More »

China's Great Flood Legend Might Actually Be True

Evidence suggests water covered North China Plain 4K years ago

(Newser) - A great flood at the dawn of Chinese civilization was said to have swept away settlements, the water rising so high that it overran heaven itself. It was the sage King Yu who tamed the waters by building ditches, the legend went, thus earning a mandate to rule and laying... More »

Scores Dead, Missing in Massive China Floods

At least 154 dead, 124 missing

(Newser) - Torrential rains that have swept through China have killed at least 154 people and left 124 missing, officials said Saturday, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood. The rains, which began on Monday, have flooded... More »

Flooding Kills 18 in West Virginia

More than 100 homes destroyed

(Newser) - As a deluge swamped southeast West Virginia—a disaster that killed at least 18 people—Ronnie Scott's wife called him and told him their house was filling up with water. She fled to the attic with two dogs and a cat and waited. She smelled natural gas. Then, the... More »

It's Raining So Much in Paris the Louvre Is Closed

Rising waters in France, Germany, and Belgium have already led to at least 6 deaths

(Newser) - The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay closed their doors to the public Thursday as the Seine crept up past its normal water levels, prompting fears of flooding and peril to famous works in both Paris art institutions, the Independent reports. Local cops say that flood warnings for areas along... More »

Woman, 4 Grandkids Killed in Texas Flood

'Within minutes, the water was waist deep'

(Newser) - A woman and her four grandchildren were killed by flooding early Saturday in Palestine, Texas, CNN reports. According to the AP , the children were all under 9 years old. The flooding started with heavy rainfall shortly after midnight, quickly overflowing a neighborhood creek. "We had people tell us that... More »

Reporter Helps Rescue Driver in Houston Flood

The man escaped from his car in the nick of time

(Newser) - Houston has gotten nearly 20 inches of rain since Sunday night , and on Monday morning, an ABC13 reporter became part of the story as he was reporting on it, the Houston Chronicle reports. Steve Campion was with a camera crew in the Heights neighborhood when a man drove into the... More »

Grandma Clings to Giant Cross for 5 Hours in SC Flood

Clara Gantt and her grandson thought they were done for

(Newser) - "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you." That's the Bible passage Clara Gantt read out loud as she was interviewed by WIS about an ordeal she won't soon forget. The South Carolina woman... More »

Even Epic Charleston Flood Can't Call Off This Wedding

The stranded couple went on the news to find an officiant, photographer

(Newser) - After months of planning their destination wedding in Charleston, SC, Britney Mysinger and Jason Houdek of Kansas City ran straight into this weekend's 1,000-year-flood standing between them and exchanging their vows. The photographers, make-up artists, groomsmen, marriage license, and officiant were all outside the peninsula when police shut... More »

Huge Water Main Break Floods UCLA

Home of UCLA basketball suffers major water damage

(Newser) - Swamped in the middle of a drought: A massive water main break under Sunset Boulevard flooded parts of the UCLA campus yesterday, causing serious damage to buildings, including the school's famous Pauley Pavilion basketball arena. Millions of gallons of water flooded athletic facilities after the 93-year-old pipe broke, sending... More »

The World's 5 Most Disaster-Prone Cities

Asia is apparently especially risky, insurer's rankings suggest

(Newser) - In the wake of Chile's earthquake, the Guardian was wondering which cities were the riskiest to live in from a natural-disaster perspective. So they checked with a source with a vested interest in knowing precisely that: The re-insurance company Swiss Re. Here are the five cities it's most... More »

7 Numbers That Show How Nuts Colorado Flood Was

'Christian Science Monitor' calls it a 1K-year flood

(Newser) - To say it's been a wet month in Boulder, Colorado, may just be the understatement of the century—or the millennium. The Christian Science Monitor reports that "the numbers tell a tale of a thousand-year flood," and backs up that statement with some pretty stark figures. Here... More »

Creek Claims 8th Victim in Colo. as Rain Finally Tapers

At least 648 still unaccounted for in Colorado

(Newser) - The Colorado floods have now killed eight people, and at least 648 more are still unaccounted for, NBC News reports. The latest death was an 83-year-old man who was swept three miles downstream when the ground collapsed underneath him in the town of Idaho Springs yesterday afternoon, the Denver Post... 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 »

NJ Town Wants Entire Downtown Raised 11 Feet

Army Corps of Engineers agrees to study bold, expensive flood prevention step

(Newser) - A New Jersey town is considering a drastically ambitious flood prevention step: Raising the entire downtown area by 10 or 11 feet. The heart of the ironically-named Highlands lies in a crescent-shaped depression that used to be a marsh, making it flood prone. So officials want to lift every building... 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 »

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