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Boil-Water Notice Lifted From Texas City Where Microbe Found

LAKE JACKSON, Texas — A boil-water notice was lifted Tuesday from the drinking-water system of a Houston-area city where water tainted with a deadly, microscopic parasite was blamed for the death of a 6-year-old boy. In a statement, the Texas …

Montana, Wyoming Governors Seek Federal Disaster Relief for Crops

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana’s governor requested a disaster designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 11 counties that reported significant weather-related crop losses, officials said. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has submitted the request to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, The …

Alaska Quake Preliminary Damage Estimate Set at $76M

A preliminary assessment of the impact of last month’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake in south central Alaska shows an early damage estimate of $76 million. The Anchorage Daily News reports the state plans to use the data to submit a request …

Stricter Building Codes Limited Alaska Quake Damage

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rattled Alaska’s largest city cracked roads and collapsed highway ramps, but there were no reports of widespread catastrophic damage or collapsed buildings. There’s a good reason for that. A devastating 1964 Alaska earthquake – the …

Some Pennsylvania Tornado Victims Struggle With Uninhabitable Homes

God put Brian Cross’s home in a bubble. That’s his explanation for why the tornado that blasted through Uniontown and North Union Township in Pennsylvania last month didn’t inflict as much damage on his Millview Street home in the city …

Tornadoes Cause Damage, Injuries in Southern Louisiana

The tornadoes that struck southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday injured about 20 people, destroyed homes and businesses, flipped cars and trucks, and left about 10,000 customers without power, but no deaths were reported, the governor said. Gov. John Bel Edwards took …

More Than 1,100 Homes Damaged by Mississippi Tornado

A tornado that tore a 31-mile path across south Mississippi over the weekend killed four people and damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes, state officials said Monday, as the governor assured residents that federal funds were being sought to …

Declared Disaster, Hurricane Hermine Losses Not Likely to Exceed $400M

President Barack Obama has officially declared a major disaster for areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Hermine. A news release says Obama signed the disaster declaration last week. The president’s action makes federal funding available to residents and businesses in …

Texas Twisters Damage Nearly 1500 Homes

As residents of North Texas surveyed the destruction from deadly weekend tornadoes, the storm system that spawned the twisters brought winter storm woes to the Midwest on Monday and amplified flooding that’s blamed for more than a dozen deaths. At …

California Wildfire Evacuees Return to See Scope of Destruction

The scope of devastation from one of California’s most destructive wildfires is becoming clearer and so too is the size of the humanitarian need in one of the state’s poorer counties. Gov. Jerry Brown requested a presidential disaster declaration on …