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(Newser) - The official stats we use to determine whether our homes are at risk of flooding are woefully out of date and understate the actual danger in a big way, according to a new initiative to set the record straight.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

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"... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

Venice Swamped by Highest Tide Since 1966

'These are the effects of climate change,' mayor says

(Newser) - Venice is no stranger to flooding—the Italian city is made up of 118 islands in a lagoon—but what it is experiencing this week is extraordinary. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro plans to declare a state of emergency amid major flooding caused by the second-highest tide on record, the Guardian reports.... More »

Toll Rises in Spain's Flooding

Thousands have been rescued by helicopters and boats

(Newser) - Record rainfall claimed two more lives in southeastern Spain as it caused widespread flooding, raising the overall death toll to six from the storms, authorities said Saturday. Emergency rescue workers saved thousands of people during the storm that slammed into the Mediterranean coastal regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusia,... More »

6 Dead After Flash Flood Sweeps Away Tour Group

1 missing in Hell's Gate National Park in Kenya

(Newser) - A flash flood swept away a tour group in Hell's Gate National Park in Kenya on Sunday, killing at least six people, authorities say. The Kenyan Wildlife Service says one person from the group is still missing, reports Reuters . Authorities say the flood swept away six Kenyan tourists—including... More »

Hurricane Dorian Unleashes Its Fury

The Category 5 hurricane is called 'life-threatening'

(Newser) - Hurricane Dorian is plowing through the Bahamas. The Category 5 storm ripped out power lines, flung cars, and tore off roofs Sunday in the Abaco Islands after making landfall at 12:40pm, the AP reports. "It's devastating," says Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas' Ministry of... More »

Dorian to America: Here I Come

The hurricane eyes Florida while building toward Category 3

(Newser) - For the Caribbean, it was bad but not crushing. For Florida, it's time to worry. That's the gist of Hurricane Dorian news Wednesday after the Category 1 storm caused flooding and power outages across Caribbean islands—including Puerto Rico—and grew closer to a Category 3 while churning... More »

Fading Barry Dumps Final Torrential Rains

Part of the Mississippi Delta is 'an ocean'

(Newser) - Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans and Baton Rouge from catastrophic flooding, but even as it weakened and moved north through Arkansas, its trailing rain bands swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi Delta into "an ocean." As... More »

Here's How Louisiana Is Doing

The tropical depression has brought a lot of rain

(Newser) - Tropical Depression Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday, sparing New Orleans from a direct hit but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes, and prolonged power outages, the AP reports. Though the system was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday afternoon and its winds... More »

Mississippi River Could 'Overtop' New Orleans Levees in Coming Storm

City braces for expected hurricane

(Newser) - Louisiana declared a state of emergency Wednesday as a severe storm swamped New Orleans and a possible hurricane was on its way. NOLA.com 's headline for its photo story: "New Orleans underwater." In a separate piece, NOLA.com reports the Mississippi River is expected to rise... More »

Farmers Drown Their Sorrows in Beer and Fried Chicken

Illinois farmers gather for a 'Prevent Plant Party'

(Newser) - Illinois farmers gathered to tell their tales of woe Thursday at—of all places—The Happy Spot. With heavy rains and record floods forcing them to leave millions of acres unseeded, corn farmers gathered with sellers of equipment, chemicals, and seed at the Deer Grove restaurant to swap stories over... More »

City of 4,500 Makes 'Last Ditch' Flood Effort

Arkansas city is in serious trouble

(Newser) - Crews were making a "last ditch effort" on Saturday to save low-lying parts of a small Arkansas city from floodwaters pouring through a breached levee, as authorities downstream were warning people to leave a neighborhood that sits across the swollen river from the state capital, the AP reports. The... More »

One Part of the Country Faces 'Worst Flooding Ever'

Hundreds of homes are at risk or will be, authorities say

(Newser) - Residents in parts of Arkansas were preparing for what meteorologists on Sunday predicted will be the worst flooding in recorded history along parts of the Arkansas River over the coming week, the AP reports. The National Weather Service said in the statement that levee "over topping" is likely with... More »

Flooded Creek Sweeps Away 4-Year-Old Boy

Owen Jones is just 4 years old

(Newser) - Authorities are desperately searching for a 4-year-old Indiana boy who was carried away by a flooded creek on Thursday, CBS News reports. A witness saw Owen Jones get pulled downstream by Deer Creek in Delphi and told authorities, triggering a search by drone, boat, and sonar. But it switched to... More »

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