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Winter Flooding Takes Farmer's Life

And at least 2 other people are missing

(Newser) - Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and killing at least one person, the AP reports. Rescue efforts in eastern... More »

'Bomb Cyclone' Could Hit 70M Americans

Hunker down—heavy snow, strong winds expected

(Newser) - Some 70 million residents of the central US may soon come face-to-face with a "bomb cyclone." The rare weather system—the Conversation has a helpful explainer—arrives Wednesday and could bring with it blizzards, tornadoes, and floods. Per CNN , "more than [45 million] people are under a... More »

Australia Has 3 Excellent Reasons to Avoid Floodwaters

Crocodiles, snakes, and 'your neighbor's feces'

(Newser) - The city of Townsville, Australia, is currently enduring a flood of epic proportions, and more rain is in the forecast, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation . More than 20,000 homes are at risk, reports the BBC , and authorities were scrambling to get people to higher ground with boats and helicopters.... More »

Californians Evacuated as Big Storm Brings Rain, Wind, Snow

Flooding threatened in San Francisco Bay Area

(Newser) - A powerful storm descending on California Saturday threatened flooding in the entire San Francisco Bay Area and areas stripped bare by devastating wildfires. The storm that began moving in Friday night was expected to bring up to 4 inches of rain in some areas, winds gusting to 80mph in the... More »

They Need Pumps to Get to 15 Trapped Men. No One Is Offering

High-powered gear is needed to rescue miners in India's Meghalaya state; things now look dire

(Newser) - Rescuers are now citing "the Almighty" as one of their last hopes for getting 15 coal miners out of a "rat-hole" mine in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Per ABC News , things look dire for the trapped men, who didn't emerge from the mine on Dec. 13,... More »

Heavy Rain, Flooding Could Hit Millions in the South

States from New Mexico to North Carolina are in its path

(Newser) - Governors in two southern states have declared emergencies ahead of an anticipated intense winter storm that's expected to hammer Americans from New Mexico to North Carolina, per the AP and CNN . Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Saturday he'd declared an emergency to help state agencies prepare for a... More »

The Rain Fell Hard. Then a Wall of Water, Scrambling Tourists

At least 12 are dead in Jordan after flash floods

(Newser) - The death toll from flash floods in Jordan rose to 12 on Saturday, and the kingdom's main tourist attraction, the ancient city of Petra, was closed for cleanup after what local officials said was the biggest deluge in the area in decades. Friday's floods struck several areas of... More »

Mom Whose Baby Drowned in Hurricane Charged With Manslaughter

North Carolina authorities say Dazia Lee ignored barricades on closed road after Hurricane Florence

(Newser) - "I did everything I could as a parent to save him and protect him." That was the initial emotional statement given by Dazia Lee to the media after her 1-year-old son, Kaiden Lee-Welch, drowned while the two tried to flee surging North Carolina floodwaters in the wake of... More »

High Tide Floods 75% of Venice

Water level is highest in at least 10 years

(Newser) - Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide Monday, putting three-quarters of the famed Italian lagoon city under water as large swaths of the rest of Italy experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees and other objects, killing six people. Tourists and residents alike donned high boots to navigate... More »

Flooding Still 'Treacherous' After Hurricane Florence

"We need to have federal and state help," mayor says

(Newser) - Travel remained dangerous Saturday in southeastern North Carolina, where the governor warned of "treacherous" floodwaters more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, and urged residents to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders, the AP reports. Gov. Roy Cooper says nine of the state's river... More »

Florence Killed 5.5K Pigs in NC, Spewed Manure

3.4M chickens and turkeys also perished

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence unleashed torrential rain, dangerous wind gusts, and now a new environmental hazard in North Carolina: the overflowing of its hog manure lagoons—and it's "nasty," per the New York Times . Many of North Carolina's nearly 10 million pigs are located on large-scale farms... More »

Female Detainees Drown After Van Swept Away in SC

2 deputies in vehicle survived

(Newser) - Two female mental health patients detained for medical transport drowned Tuesday night when a sheriff's department van was swept away in rising South Carolina flood waters, authorities say. Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff's office van was carrying two detainees and two deputies... More »

NC Has an Unwanted Island

Wilmington is temporarily cut off, needs airlifts of supplies amid flooding from Florence

(Newser) - With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers, the AP reports. The spreading disaster claimed additional... More »

Reporter Stops Reporting to Save Injured Dog

Julie Wilson does more than tell the story

(Newser) - Who says journalists just watch the world go by? Julie Wilson was reporting for WTVD in New Bern, NC, on Friday when she helped rescue an injured dog, ABC News reports. Wilson saw a woman who identified herself as Tasha trying to save the Rottweiler from two-foot-high water. "It'... More »

SC Couple Died Running Generator Inside House

Death toll at 13, as National Hurricane Center warns of 'catastrophic' flooding

(Newser) - A South Carolina couple died not from the wrath of Florence, but rather from carbon monoxide poisoning after running a generator inside their home, reports the AP . Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion were found in a Loris home... More »

Deadly Floods Trap Thousands

Over 190 people have died in the Indian state of Kerala

(Newser) - Thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is partially submerged, the AP reports. Heavy... More »

They Had a Foot of Air Space in Elevator. The Water Kept Coming

Dramatic rescue comes amid Toronto flooding

(Newser) - Toronto police pulled off an impressive rescue in the city swamped by flooding Tuesday night. Six minutes after receiving a call about two men trapped in a flooded elevator with only a foot of air space, officers swam into the water-filled basement of a commercial building and used a crowbar... More »

If Dam Fails, City Could Be Flooded in 7 Minutes

College Lake Dam overflowing near Lynchburg, Va.

(Newser) - Some 124 homes in Lynchburg, Va., are under evacuation orders with intense flooding in the region. The College Lake Dam, whose complete failure could put the downstream city of 80,000 under 17 feet of water in seven minutes, exceeded its capacity Thursday after four to six inches of rain... More »

Hundreds Missing, Feared Dead After Laos Dam Gives Out

More than 6K people have been left homeless after reported collapse of Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam

(Newser) - Hundreds of people are missing, more than 6,000 have been left homeless, and an unknown number are thought dead after a portion of a still-under-construction hydroelectric dam in Laos' Attapeu province reportedly collapsed Monday night, per the AP . The country's KPL news agency, via the BBC , reports that... More »

At Least 4 Boys Emerge From Cave; Rescue Put on Pause

'Air tanks must be put back in place'

(Newser) - "There is no other day that we are more ready than today," rescue director Narongsak Osottanakorn said, in announcing that 18 divers had gone in to rescue the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave since late June . "Otherwise we will lose the opportunity." Now, the... More »

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