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Mississippi Residents Still Recovering 2 Months After Flood

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — Frances Ivonne Brensdal woke up June 7 to find her Olive Branch home flooded after a night of record rainfall, which left her family and others displaced. She didn’t even know it was raining. “My neighbor …

Hundreds of Barges Stalled as Floods Hinder Midwest Supplies

Hundreds of barges are stalled on the Mississippi River, clogging the main circulatory system for a farm-belt economy battered by a relentless, record-setting string of snow, rainstorms and flooding. Railways and highways have been closed as well, keeping needed supplies …

Oklahoma Reels, Missouri Declares State of Emergency from Storm

Dozens of people were rescued from rising floodwaters and felled trees that smashed homes and blocked roadways in Oklahoma, as severe storms unleashing tornadoes and heavy rain roared through the central United States on Tuesday. Rescue crews using boats pulled …

Up to Their Waists in Water, U.S. Farmers Face Crucial Decisions

For American farmers already struggling to navigate the U.S.-China trade war, optimism for the spring planting season is washing away. Floods from the Mississippi Delta to the Dakotas have inundated roads and submerged fields just as Midwestern farmers should be …

Weather Extremes Highlighted by Record Drought, Rainfall

Texas struggled through its driest year in history in 2011. Four years later was its wettest ever. The Mississippi River rose to all-time-high flood levels in 2011. In 2012, its second-lowest. After a six-year drought that made agricultural irrigation a …

Floods, Damaging Winds Most Destructive Natural Hazards in 2016

Last year’s natural hazards were reportedly below average or average with the exception of flood and wind, both of which saw above-average activity, due in large part to Hurricane Matthew, according to CoreLogic’s annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis. …

California Soaked by ‘Atmospheric River’ Weather Phenomenon

They’re called “atmospheric rivers” and they can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California, carrying it through the air from as far away as Hawaii. Here’s a look at the weather phenomenon that has swelled the state’s rivers, …

Colorado May Test New System to Predict Fire, Flood Behavior

The large, destructive wildfires and major flooding that have ravaged Colorado in recent years often gave responders little warning. But what if state officials had up to 18 hours to organize before a wildfire changes directions or flooding intensifies? That’s …

Michigan Veterans Qualify for Disaster Aid After Flood

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is reminding veterans in the Detroit area to apply for disaster assistance following last week’s flooding. The agency said Wednesday the Disabled American Veterans organization will give up to $500 in disaster funds per applicant …

Arkansas Counties Get Federal Disaster Declarations

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29. Vilsack issued disaster declarations Wednesday in response to …