flooding News

California Dam Managers Dismissed Flood Concern 12 Years Ago

Environmental activists and local government officials warned more than a decade ago about the risk of catastrophic flooding below a major Northern California dam – the very scenario that threatened to unfold over the weekend, prompting evacuation orders for nearly …

Inland Flooding Leads List of Climate Disasters That Cost $46B in 2016

Climate-based disasters caused $46 billion in damage and killed at least 138 in the 48 contiguous U.S. states last year, with inland flooding emerging as the costliest weather event for the first time since 1997. The number of billion-dollar occurrences …

West Coast Expects Flooding While East Coast in Deep Freeze

As the East Coast waits to thaw out from a weekend icy mess, another storm is bringing rain and the potential of the worst flooding in more than a decade to the West coast. At least four deaths have been …

Northern U.S. Facing Greater Risk of Flooding

The risk of flooding in the United States is changing regionally, and the reasons could be shifting rainfall patterns and the amount of water in the ground. In a new study, University of Iowa engineers determined that, in general, the …

Researchers Warn of Heavy Rain, Droughts in Carolinas

Experts warn the Carolinas will face droughts and deluges in coming years. Scientists, farmers and water managers met in Charlotte this week to explore ways to deal with coming dry weather and the sudden flooding that the experts say will …

Thousands of Louisiana, Mississippi Homes Damaged by Flooding

Widespread flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi has damaged thousands of homes, and the risk of rising water prompted additional evacuations Sunday. At least four deaths have been reported in Louisiana amid the flooding that began last week, and the National …

Louisiana and Mississippi Hit With Unusually Widespread Flooding

As the Leaf River rose north of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 26-year-old Rebecca Bruce and her fiancé grabbed what they could and left the shed where they live. The water was more than 2 feet deep indoors when they left, she said. …

California Residents Using Drones to Map El Nino Flooding

Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline’s changing face. Starting this month, The Nature Conservancy is asking tech junkies to capture the flooding and coastal erosion that come with El Nino, a …

Quiet Season Helps Florida Reach Record, 10 Years Without a Major Hurricane

While the typical Atlantic hurricane season features 11 named storms and six hurricanes, this year’s quiet season helped the state of Florida mark a big milestone – 10 years without a major hurricane making landfall in the state. The Miami …

Flames Not the Only Risk From Wildfires

California is on fire—again. About 130,000 acres have been scorched in more than 20 major fires actively burning in the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But the flames are not the only danger. Post-fire …