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4 Killed, Scores Rescued in Flooding
4 Killed, Scores
in Flooding

4 Killed, Scores Rescued in Flooding

In Nashville alone, 130 people are pulled from cars, apartments, and homes

(Newser) - Heavy rains across Tennessee flooded homes and roads, prompting officials to rescue dozens of people from houses, apartments and vehicles. Authorities said four bodies were found Sunday in the flood's aftermath. A flash flood emergency was declared overnight by the National Weather Service in Nashville for the city, as...

Swarms of Millions of Spiders Flee Australia Floods

New South Wales has been hit by worst flooding in decades

(Newser) - The worst flooding in decades has forced around 18,000 people from their homes in eastern Australia—and millions of spiders are also on the move. New South Wales residents say swarms of millions of spiders trying to escape rising waters are heading for higher ground. Residents say the arachnids...

Firefighter Who Saw a Light Amid Flood: 'It Was God'

Family of 5 rescued in Kentucky, with help from a tractor

(Newser) - Plenty of people had to be rescued from flood waters in southeastern Kentucky over the weekend, including a woman who suffered a seizure, who was moved to safety in the bucket of a tractor. Eddie Stacy of the Hazel Green Volunteer Fire Department was moving his firetruck out of the...

Venice Spent $8B to Prevent What Happened Tuesday

New barrier system wasn't activated because prediction was off

(Newser) - St. Mark's Square in Venice was submerged on Tuesday, and an incorrect forecast may be to blame. The city has since October had an experimental system of inflatable barriers in place to prevent flooding. Thing is, the $8 billion system is activated when high tides are expected to reach...

South Florida Quickly Floods as Eta Lands

'It was far worse than we could’ve ever imagined,' resident says

(Newser) - A deluge of rain from Tropical Storm Eta caused flooding Monday across South Florida's most densely populated urban areas—stranding cars, flooding businesses, and swamping entire neighborhoods with fast-rising water that had no place to drain. The system made landfall in the Florida Keys and posed a serious threat...

This State Is Knee-Deep in Trouble ... Again

Hurricane Delta adds insult to injury in Louisiana

(Newser) - The day after Hurricane Delta blew through besieged southern Louisiana, residents started the routine again: dodging overturned cars, trudging through knee-deep water to flooded homes with ruined floors and no power, and pledging to rebuild after the storm, the AP reports. Delta made landfall Friday evening near the coastal Louisiana...

Hurricane Tosses Boats, Rips Off Roofs, Takes Nina Replica

Hundreds are rescued from flooded areas, including a family in a tree

(Newser) - After lumbering ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, Hurricane Sally swamped homes and forced the rescue of hundreds of people as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. It made...

Downtown Pensacola Is Underwater
Downtown Pensacola
Is Underwater

Downtown Pensacola Is Underwater

People are being rescued from flooded homes in 2 states thanks to Hurricane Sally

(Newser) - The second hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast in less than three weeks is "every bit as bad as predicted," according to the Pensacola News Journal , whose hometown is swamped . Nearly three feet of water covers streets in downtown Pensacola, Fla., which endured hours of rain before and...

A Rare Admission From Kim Jong Un
A Rare Admission
From Kim Jong Un

A Rare Admission From Kim Jong Un

Leader admits plan for 'great socialist country' was a failure, calls for January meeting

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's ambitious five-year plan to boost the North Korean economy and create a "great socialist country" has been "seriously delayed," he said Thursday in Pyongyang—and he's called for a rare Workers' Party congress at the start of the new year to try...

Giant Buddha Washes His Feet for First Time in 70 Years

100K evacuated along Yangtze River in China amid record flooding

(Newser) - The Giant Buddha of Leshan hasn't dipped its toes in the Yangtze River since 1949. But it's doing so now that China is experiencing its worst flooding in 70 years, per the BBC . Sandbags are being used to protect the 1,200-year-old World Heritage Site, including a statue...

Hanna Floods Streets, Knocks Out Power in Texas

Now a tropical storm, its winds are still close to 50mph

(Newser) - A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets, and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases, the AP reports. Downgraded to a tropical storm,...

66 Dead, 2K Stranded in Japan Flooding

Country is braced for more heavy rain

(Newser) - Parts of Japan still searching for missing people and evacuating those stranded by deadly floods and mudslides are bracing for more pounding rains through the weekend. The death toll stood at 66 as of Friday morning, with 16 others still missing, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency says. Most of...

Plug In Your Address to See Odds of Flooding
Plug In Your Address
to See Odds of Flooding
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Plug In Your Address to See Odds of Flooding

New database shows federal estimates are way too low

(Newser) - The official stats we use to determine whether our homes are at risk of flooding are woefully out of date and understate the actual danger in a big way, according to a new initiative to set the record straight. Across the US, millions more homes are at risk than government...

Governor: People Will Be Held Responsible for Failed Dam

It had been the target of investigations prior to Tuesday failure

(Newser) - Thousands of Michigan residents were forced to flee their homes in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic when a dam failed Tuesday , flooding homes downstream with as much as nine feet of water. On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promised that the state would "pursue every line of legal recourse"...

After 2 Dams Fail, Mich. Gov. Warns of 9 Feet of Water

Whitmer urges thousands in affected areas of Midland County in Michigan to evacuate

(Newser) - Two dams have failed in a Michigan county, leading the state's governor to declare a state of emergency and issue dire warnings to residents to evacuate affected areas. AccuWeather reports that the Edenville and Sanford dams in Midland County breached Tuesday night after heavy rains and flash flooding, and...

Dad Whose Kids Died in Flood Charged With Manslaughter

Daniel Rawlings accused of driving around barricade near swollen creek

(Newser) - The parents of two kids killed in an Arizona flash flood in November have been hit with charges after those children, plus one of their young nieces, all drowned in the floodwaters. A spokesman for the Gila County Sheriff's Office confirmed to People that Daniel Rawlings was charged with...

6th Body Recovered in Indiana Flooding Tragedy

Mom, her 3 kids, 2 men were swept away when bridge was partially washed out

(Newser) - The body of a 13-year-old boy was recovered Saturday in a southeastern Indiana creek, the last of six people presumed to have drowned when two vehicles were swept off a roadway after torrential rainfall deluged the region’s hill country, the AP reports. The boy’s body was found Saturday...

The Car Ignored the Warning. Now, 3 Children Missing

Family of 9 caught up in flash flood while trying to cross Arizona's Tonto Creek

(Newser) - A Facebook post by the Gila County Sheriff's Office on Friday morning noted that three crossings over Arizona's Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin had been shut down, warning everyone not to attempt to use them. But that afternoon, what ABC15 describes as a "military-type vehicle" carrying nine...

Flooding Swamps Venice, Including Banksy Creation

Forecast calls for waters to recede this weekend

(Newser) - A state of emergency has been declared in Venice, where basillicas, squares and Banksy artwork are underwater. The historic city is dealing with its worst flooding in more than 50 years, Sky News reports. Italy's government declared the emergency Thursday. "It hurts to see the city so damaged,...

Venice Rejects Climate Change Measures, Is Immediately Flooded

Timing eerie as far-right members of Venice council reject moves to help environment

(Newser) - Venice has faced extraordinary flooding this week, with the mayor blaming climate change for the super-high tides—which is why what happened in the city's regional council gathering Tuesday is making waves. CNN reports the council's chambers in Ferro Fini Palace, located on the Grand Canal, flooded for...

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