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'Everything Is Lost. The Disaster Is Biblical'

Severe storm turned roads into rivers near Athens, killing 14

(Newser) - Greece declared a day of national mourning after floods on the outskirts of Athens left at least 14 dead Wednesday, flipping over cars, smashing into homes, and cutting off highway traffic. The flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris inundated houses and businesses. Drivers scrambled out... More »

Scientists: 500-Year Flooding in NYC Could Happen Every 5

'This is kind of a warning'

(Newser) - Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The study, performed by researchers at several universities and published... More »

Evacuations Underway as Dam Fails in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria has caused flooding on the island with more on the way

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated in Puerto Rico after reports of a dam failing Friday, CBS News reports. According to NPR , the National Weather Service announced the Guajataca Dam was failing, causing flash flooding on the Guajataca River. Buses are trying to evacuate the cities of Isabela... More »

Houston Floodwaters Are Full of Sewage: Report

Testing by 'NYT' shows E. coli is rampant

(Newser) - Houston's floodwaters are contaminated with dangerous bacteria likely responsible for an upswing in health issues, reports the New York Times . The Times organized a team of scientists from Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University who tested floodwaters in two Houston neighborhoods. In a family's living room at... More »

Harvey Flooding Was So Bad Houston Sank by 2cm

But it should spring back once the waters dissipate

(Newser) - How serious was the flooding in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey? A geophysicist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the entire metro area is now 2 centimeters lower due to the weight of the water. The Houston Chronicle reports Chris Milliner used data from the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory... More »

Grieving Houston Mom Warns of Danger Lurking in Water

Her son was electrocuted wading through floodwaters to rescue his sister's cat

(Newser) - The family of a former Eagle Scout is mourning his Tuesday death in Houston and warning others of an often-unseen danger in the floodwaters spurred by Harvey . Andrew Pasek, said to be in his mid-20s, was electrocuted in the Bear Creek subdivision after he and a friend braved water-filled streets... More »

Texas County Delivers a Dire Warning

'GET OUT OR DIE!'

(Newser) - A Facebook warning from emergency management officials in Texas' Tyler County shows just how dire the effects of Harvey continue to be. Citing rising flood levels, the post late Wednesday warned everyone in affected areas to evacuate immediately. "Anyone who chooses to not heed this directive cannot expect to... More »

2 Explosions Heard at Flooded Texas Chemical Plant

Harvey's death toll now at least 37

(Newser) - Arkema CEO Rich Rowe said Wednesday night that an explosion at his company's flooded Houston-area chemical plant was inevitable—and he was proved right within hours. The Harris County Emergency Operations Center said early Thursday that there had been two explosions and black smoke was coming from the Crosby... More »

There's Another Disaster Looming for Harvey Victims

Only 2 in 10 in the worst areas have flood insurance

(Newser) - The math isn't pretty: An official in Harris County, Texas, estimated Wednesday that Harvey has destroyed up to 40,000 homes in the Houston area, reports ABC News . Countless others have lesser damage. Now balance those figures with another: Only 2 in 10 homeowners in the hardest-hit areas have... More »

It's the 'End of the Beginning' as Harvey Moves to Louisiana

Storm came ashore near Cameron, Louisiana

(Newser) - Harvey has made landfall again, this time as a tropical storm near the Louisiana-Texas border on the day after the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. ABC News reports the storm came ashore just west of Cameron, La., around 5am ET, with CNN noting that winds of roughly 40mph and a... More »

Houston Cop Drowned After Wife Warned Him Not to Go to Work

Hurricane Harvey death tolls stands at at least 18

(Newser) - The death toll attributed to Hurricane Harvey now stands at at least 18 , and a Houston cop numbers among the dead. Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the department, drowned Sunday while attempting to drive to work in his patrol car, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed Tuesday. Perez's... More »

Devastating Images of Deadly Flooding Across the Sea

Nearly 1K killed in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

(Newser) - Harvey is getting its proper attention in the US, but another devastating flood is unfolding in a different part of the world. Monsoon rains have triggered flooding and mudslides that have left more than 950 people dead in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, reports the AP . In all, about 40... More »

Texas Officials After Levee Breach: 'GET OUT NOW!!'

Harvey also overflows dam near Houston

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls it "one of the largest disasters America has ever faced," the New York Times reports. And the numbers back him up. According to USA Today , a National Weather Service gauge outside Houston measured 49.32 inches of rain—the most ever from a... More »

Slow-Moving Harvey Is 'Virtually Stalled'

Harvey could pinch US gas supplies

(Newser) - The tropical storm formerly known as Hurricane Harvey is continuing to cause massive flooding in Texas , and analysts say the state's oil and gas industry has been hit very hard. Almost a third of US refining capacity is in the affected coastal areas, and experts say closures due to... More »

As Waters Rise, Texans Told to Get on the Roof

Trump announces he'll head to Texas 'as soon as that trip can be made'

(Newser) - As "catastrophic" flooding batters Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, President Trump says he will be traveling to Texas "as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption" in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, reports the AP . Trump tweeted that the "focus must be... More »

Slow-Moving Harvey Causing 'Catastrophic' Flooding

At least 3 confirmed fatalities as storm continues to dump rain on Texas

(Newser) - Harvey spun deeper into Texas and unloaded extraordinary amounts of rain Saturday after the once-fearsome hurricane crashed into vulnerable homes and businesses along the coastline in a blow that killed at least three people in Houston after woman and child were found drowned in a submerged vehicle, reports the Houston ... More »

In Sierra Leone, 'Sounds of Wailing, Mourning Everywhere'

Nearly 400 bodies recovered after mudslide

(Newser) - "We have been through 10 years of war, then Ebola, and now this. Have mercy on Sierra Leone, Father," a bishop prayed Wednesday during a vigil in the country's capital of Freetown, where reports suggest 400 people are dead and another 600 are missing as a result... More »

Mudslides, Flooding Kill at Least 250 in Sierra Leone

More bodies expected to be found

(Newser) - Mudslides and torrential flooding killed at least 250 people in and around Sierra Leone's capital early Monday following heavy rains, with many victims trapped in homes buried under tons of mud, the AP reports. Survivors and volunteers dug through the mud and debris at times with their bare hands... More »

Emergency in New Orleans Over Failing Pumps

Mayor's office says fire-damaged turbine is responsible

(Newser) - Schools closed for the week, and the mayor of New Orleans urged residents to park their cars on high ground. It's a familiar routine for the city during hurricane season, but this time the threat isn't churning in the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana's governor declared a state... More »

Flooding Destroys All Wisconsin Bank's Cash

Bank's president says the Fed has to replace it

(Newser) - Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank. Fox River State Bank president Keith Polleck won't disclose exactly how much money was ruined, but he says the Federal Reserve will have to replace every dollar, the AP reports. Polleck toells WISN-TV that... More »

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