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Des Moines Buys 78 Flood-Damaged Homes for $10.5M

Des Moines has spent about $10.5 million to buy 78 homes damaged by June’s flash flooding, and officials hope the move will prevent future flooding issues. Most of the residences are situated along Fourmile Creek in northeast Des Moines, Iowa, …

Texas Homeowners Concerned About Zoning Changes After Harvey

Some Southeast Texas homeowners have raised concerns about houses in neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Harvey being changed from residential to commercial zones. Several displaced residents in Dickinson worry that businesses will buy flood-damaged homes and absorb older neighborhoods, The Galveston …

Many Houston Properties Not in FEMA Flood Zones Get Soaked

Rising floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground Sunday in Houston, overwhelming rescuers who fielded countless desperate calls for help. A fleet of helicopters, airboats and high-water vehicles confronted flooding so …

Launch Louisiana Helps Rebuild Flood-Damaged Homes

“It may not be perfect, but it’s home.” With that in mind, Launch Louisiana volunteer Shanna Forrestall says the local grassroots flood recovery group’s new campaign is “Let’s Rock!” The focus: providing the Sheetrock – drywall – needed by affected …

Lack of Flood Insurance Hinders Recovery for Many Hurricane Matthew Victims

Waist-deep floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew coursed down the street in Pooler and seeped under Lori Galemore’s doors, swamping the carpets and furniture as she and her three sons retreated upstairs, where they stayed until firefighters arrived by boat. Galemore and …

Closed Businesses, Damaged Homes: Matthew May Cost $10B

For a storm that inflicted less damage than many had feared, Hurricane Matthew nevertheless impaired or destroyed more than 1 million structures, forced businesses from Florida to North Carolina to close and put thousands temporarily out of work. In many …

Demolition of West Virginia Flood-Damaged Homes Begins

The West Virginia Army National Guard over the weekend began tearing down homes ruined by floods in June. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants those communities to rebuild with a long-term focus on diversifying their economies. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer told …

As Floodwaters Rise Louisiana Residents Struggle to Find Dry Land

Barbara Manuel saw a flicker of sun and that gave her hope that the worst of the horrific flooding to hit southern Louisiana was over. But then the skies ripped open, the lights in her house started to flicker and …

Damage Estimates Rise for Houston-Area Flooding

Authorities say flooding that’s claimed eight lives and displaced thousands of people in the Houston area has caused more than $14 million in damage and inundated more than 1,700 homes. They said Friday the damage figures from unincorporated areas of …

Thousands of Louisiana, Mississippi Homes Damaged by Flooding

Widespread flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi has damaged thousands of homes, and the risk of rising water prompted additional evacuations Sunday. At least four deaths have been reported in Louisiana amid the flooding that began last week, and the National …