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Illinois Families’ Flood Buyouts on Hold Due to Budget Mess

After the Mississippi River flooded four years ago, more than 100 Illinois families agreed – some reluctantly – to sell their homes to the government for demolition so they could move to higher ground. With the paperwork finally coming together …

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, …

Minot to Use $1.5M Grant to Buy Flood-Damaged ‘Zombie Homes’

City officials in Minot, N.D., hope to use a $1.5 million grant from the state to buy some of the region’s derelict properties left over from the Souris River flood and turn them into affordable housing. Officials recently announced that …

Austin Still Recovering From 2013 Halloween Floods

A year after a flood killed three people and damaged hundreds of central Texas homes, Austin officials are still working to buy and tear down houses considered at risk for flooding. The 2013 Halloween floods, which reached up to 7 …

Utah Flooding Damages Homes, Sends Car Plunging Into River

Heavy rain swamped much of Utah over the weekend, shutting down a sewage treatment plant, damaging homes and causing a moving car to plunge into a river. In southern Utah, a man and woman from Italy were returning to their …

New Jersey Approves Storm Buyouts in East Brunswick

New Jersey has purchased the first of seven flood-damaged homes in East Brunswick under a Superstorm Sandy program. The home on Squire Street was purchased for $193,073, based on pre-Sandy market values from an independent appraisal. Because the neighborhood is …

Officials: 120 Homes Suffer $2M Damage in Flooding

Alaska officials estimate there’s been $2 million in damage to 120 homes from ongoing flooding problems in the Kalifornsky Beach area. The Peninsula Clarion reports residents met with state officials Wednesday. The area already was experiencing groundwater flooding before heavy …

Flood-Damaged Iowa Homes Torn Down as Ex-Owners Watch

Some former homeowners have been watching their flood-damaged homes in Mason City, Iowa, get demolished. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports former homeowner Sally Pressly said it was hard to watch their homes be torn down, but they’re glad it’s …

Mexico Finds More Bodies, Raising Toll From Storms

The Mexican government says searchers have found eight more bodies of victims from twin storms that struck the Pacific and Gulf coasts at the same time last month. The Interior Department says the death toll now stands at 155. Statistics …

Alberta Floods Pegged Canada’s Costliest Natural Disaster

The massive floods that devastated swaths of southern Alberta in June are estimated to be the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, with the Insurance Bureau of Canada pegging the property damage at C$1.7 billion ($1.65 billion). The bureau, which …