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Double Strike: Tornado, Virus Push Tennesseans to the Limit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Jose Cojom’s house collapsed around his family in a tornado that struck after midnight, he knew his life was going to get much harder. But that was just the beginning. A few weeks later, the restaurant …

Feds Review Hurricane Irma Invoices From 3 Florida Cities

MIAMI — Three South Florida cities are being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General for “questionable invoices” and other documents submitted by consultants for reimbursement of debris cleanup from Hurricane Irma. The Federal Emergency Management …

Workers Sifting Debris at Site of Washington Mudslide

The homes destroyed in the March 22 mudslide at Oso, Wash., have mostly been removed, and Highway 530 has been reopened between Arlington and Darrington, but work continues at the site where 43 people lost their lives. Before & After: …

Debris Cleanup Continues at Historic Arkansas Hotel Destroyed by Fire

The cleanup continued Monday at the site of the historic Majestic Hotel after city leaders opted to raze the buildings that were destroyed in a fire last week. City Manager David Watkins said Monday that the cleanup of the three-building …

FEMA Approves $1M for South Dakota Blizzard Debris Removal

State officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency will award more than $1 million to the city of Rapid City for debris clean-up from an October blizzard. Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones says the public-assistance funds are being provided to …

Rapid City Will Get $1.35M in Storm Relief Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing $1.35 million in public assistance funds to Rapid City, S.D., for debris clean-up from an October blizzard. State officials say the city is participating in a pilot program through which FEMA reimburses a …

Tulsa Finishing Up Cleanup From July Windstorm

Crews in Tulsa, Okla., are in the final stages of debris cleanup from a major windstorm in July, but the operation has already used up more than one-third of the overtime funds normally set aside for snow and ice removal, …

Crane Breaks Windows of World Trade Center Tower

The plaza at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City has been evacuated after a crane broke some windows in one of the new World Trade Center skyscrapers. The fire department says no injuries have been reported. About 60 …

Volunteers to Play Big Role in Oregon Tsunami Debris

Volunteers will play a big role in picking up debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan when it starts hitting the beach in Oregon. “They do most of it now,” Mike Zollitsch, emergency response director for the Oregon Department of …

Debris Collection Continues in Louisiana Parish

Debris pick-up following flooding in Louisiana’s Lafayette Parish will enter its second phase. Officials said DRC Emergency Services LLC will pick up debris such as carpet, sheet rock, mattresses, furniture, appliances and electronics. However, no yard waste or bagged waste …