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Montana Governor Wants Disaster Declaration Due to Flooding

Gov. Steve Bullock is asking President Barack Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for Montana due to widespread flooding and ice jams last month. Bullock’s letter, dated Friday, explains that unusually high amounts of precipitation fell over the winter …

UN Report Warns of Global Warming Risks

If the world doesn’t cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral “out of control,” the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday. And he’s not alone. The Obama White House says …

Insurers Could Face Up to $2.5B Price Tag for UK Floods

The bill sent to insurers from storms bringing hurricane strength winds and widespread flooding to parts of Britain since December could reach 1.5 billion pounds ($2.50 billion), according to consultants at Deloitte. The consultancy had estimated insured losses from winter …

Comfort Insurance Reports an 88% Rise in UK Storm Claims

Comfort Insurance, amotorhome insurance provider in the UK, has reported a serious rise in storm claims made by motorhome owners. During October 2012 to January 2013 the insurance company only received 5 storm related claims. However, between October 2013 and …

U.K. Braces for Severe Flooding, Strong Winds From Storm

The U.K. girded for severe flooding in Wales and southwestern England because of heavy rain and a coastal surge brought on by winds gusting up to 80 miles (129 kilometers) per hour. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson led a meeting of …

Boulder Annexation Inquiries Surge After Flood

September’s floods did a number on the wells and septic systems of many Boulder County residents, with testing still revealing contamination in some wells nearly three months later. That damage has led to a surge of inquiries about annexation into …

Local Leaders Discuss Planning for Climate Change

When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way. Local governments have long acted as first responders in emergencies and now are working to plan for sea level rise, …

‘Apocalyptic’ Storm Floods Sardinia, 17 Dead

The Mediterranean island of Sardinia, prized by the jet-set for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear seas, was a flood-ravaged mud bath Tuesday after a freak torrential rainstorm killed at least 17 people, downed bridges and swept away cars. Italian …

Disaster Aid for North Dakota Spring Flooding Surpasses $18M

Federal and state assistance for repairs to public infrastructure following flooding in North Dakota earlier this year has topped $18 million. President Barack Obama on May 29 issued a disaster declaration for snowmelt flooding. On July 12 he declared a …

Minor Flooding After Tropical Storm Sonia Hits Mexico

Former Tropical Storm Sonia dissipated over the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, but not before causing some minor flooding in cities such as Mazatlan and Culiacan, forcing the evacuation of around 1,000 people, authorities said Monday. The evacuations were …