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No Flood Insurance Means Big Bills for Utah Residents

It’s been more than two months since northern Utah resident Wyatt Brammer’s house was damaged from flooding and he still hasn’t gotten it fixed. After 33 inches of water filled his basement, he said, it could cost as much as …

Researchers Warn Hawaii Coastal Areas Threatened by ‘King Tides’

Scientists have issued a warning that Hawaii faces the threat of serious coastal flooding this week and in June because a rare convergence of rising sea levels and some of the highest tides of this year. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported …

Former California Governor’s Ambitions Paved Way to Dam Crisis

Historical records reveal the late Gov. Pat Brown misled voters about the cost of building the nation’s tallest dam, ignored recommendations to delay construction and dismissed allegations that substandard materials were used to build the ambitious project. Sixty years before …

Parts of North Dakota Will Receive Updated Flood Maps

Federal officials say new flood maps for parts of North Dakota are expected to be released in early June. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Ryan Pietramali told the Minot Daily News that science and technology have improved the agency’s understanding …

California Water Chief Says Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Worked

The head of California’s water agency on Tuesday repeated his assertion that an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam worked, drawing an incredulous response from a state lawmaker who represents tens of thousands of people ordered to evacuate when it …

Boise Will Have Flood Risks Assessed Before FEMA Maps are Finalized

Boise, Idaho, officials have expressed concerns with federal maps that propose adding hundreds of acres to a flood plain in the city, which could increase the cost and difficulty of buying or developing nearby property. The city disagrees with the …

Coastal Insurance Costs Increasing as Sea Level Rises

When Julia Lundblad lies in bed at night in her Titlow Beach, Wash., home, she can hear the water sloshing up under her house. It took some getting used to, but she loves it. And she said her neighbors are …

Study Warns on Cumulative Effect of Nuisance Flooding

Climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. According to researchers at the University of California, …

California Dam Putting More Than 50,000 Homes at Risk

Days after thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes near Lake Oroville, Calif., more than 50,000 homes remain at risk of flood damage, according to analysis released last week by CoreLogic. If all of the homes located …

Coal Ash Stored in Virginia City Vulnerable to Risks

Millions of tons of ash stored at a former coal-fired power plant in , Va.,will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding and other coastal risks, according to a report compiled for an environmental group that is seeking to have the ash …