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Central Texas Floods Destroy Bridge, Force Evacuations

Fast-moving floodwaters destroyed a bridge, forced the evacuation of riverside homes and led to numerous water rescues in Central Texas on Tuesday after more than a foot of rain fell in recent days. The bridge crumbled as it was overrun …

Why 4 Inches of Rain Caused so Much Flooding in Wisconsin

A lot of rain – but maybe not as much as you think – fell Aug. 20 on the shallow, 281-square-mile basin of land that drains into Madison’s lakes Mendota and Monona. Most of the 12- to 15-inch deluge that …

Flooding Cancels Hundreds of Trips to Coveted Arizona Waterfalls

Hundreds of tourists who booked coveted overnight trips on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon will have to reschedule after heavy flooding forced evacuations and shut down the area for at least a week. Abbie Fink, …

Arizona Sheriff’s Office Decides Not to Enforce ‘Stupid-Motorist Law’

This monsoon season, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce a law that permits some motorists to be billed for the cost of their rescue from flash floods because authorities worry people who can’t afford the fine won’t call for …

Second 1000 Year Flood in 2 Years Worries Maryland Town’s Residents

After yet another devastating flash flood ripped apart their historic Maryland mill town, hundreds of residents and business owners are again asking themselves: Should I stay or should I go? Some business owners in picturesque Ellicott City – established in …

Major California Storm to Bring Several Feet of Snow, Flash Floods

Motorists were warned to stay off Northern California mountain roads as a major winter storm was expected to bring heavy snowfall, powerful winds and torrential rains at lower elevations Thursday. Meanwhile predictions of widespread showers across the southern end of …

South Carolina Residents Unprepared for Flash Floods Caused by Small Creeks

Sampson Pringle stood on the roof of his stalled truck on an unfamiliar road in the pouring rain. With water rising around him, he told his fiancee not to worry because he saw help coming. Two days later, after the …

Texas, Oklahoma Flash Floods Destroy Hundreds of Homes

Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, …

Heavy Rain Prompts Georgia Flood Warnings

Forecasters are warning of potential flash flooding following recent heavy rain throughout parts of Georgia. National Weather Service forecasters said Sunday that recent rain could lead to flooding in streams, low lying areas and areas with poor drainage systems. Officials …

Tropical Storm Hanna Soaks Nicaragua, Honduras

Tropical Storm Hanna made landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border Monday, bringing heavy rains to an already waterlogged area. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was forecast to dump as much as 10 to 12 inches (25-30 centimeters) of …