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California Threats Jump from Fires to Floods as Wet Season Hits

California’s climate threats could soon be jumping from wildfires and blackouts to floods and mudslides as the wet season kicks into gear. About half the water that falls in the state in any given year does so in the 90 …

Harvey May Be Sign of Future Storms

By the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas – a soggy, record-breaking glimpse of the wet and wild future that global warming could …

Government’s $3B Disaster Balance Enough for Immediate Harvey Response

The federal government has – for now – enough disaster aid money to deal with the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, but the ongoing storm appears sure to require a multibillion-dollar recovery package as did Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. …

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 …

Congress’ Help Expected to Aid Louisiana in Flood Recovery

Insurance payments and traditional federal aid programs won’t be enough to respond to the catastrophic flooding that ravaged tens of thousands of homes across south Louisiana, wrecking entire subdivisions and devastating entire cities. Louisiana, once again, will be asking Congress …

Winning New York, New Jersey Sandy Rebuilding Projects Chosen

A system of dikes around the tip of lower Manhattan, and water pumps and parks across the Hudson River in New Jersey were among the projects selected Monday to receive nearly $1 billion in federal funding as part of efforts …

River Floods and Earthquakes Pose Highest Risk to Urban Areas: Swiss Re Report

Insurance Bureau of Canada Launches VIN Verification Service to ID Flood-Damaged Cars

To protect consumers, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and its member insurance companies have compiled a database of flooded vehicles that have been reported and branded as non-repairable due to flooding across southern Alberta and the Greater Toronto Area. Severe …

Thailand’s National Catastrophe Insurance Fund Reports Success in First Year

Payungsak Chartsutthiphon, the president of the executive committee of the National Catastrophe Insurance Fund of Thailand, announced that over the past year of the fund’s operation it has been able to insure an increasing number of households and businesses against …

Report: 1 in 5 California Citizens Lives in Flood Zone

California is suffering from one of its driest winters on record, but some statewide water managers are focusing on the opposite end of the precipitation spectrum – the one-in-five residents who live in regions prone to catastrophic flooding. A joint …