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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 …

Grants Awarded to New Jersey Residents to Elevate Homes

The Christie Administration has approved dozens of grants to assist homeowners with costs incurred in elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms. The 109 Hazard Mitigation Grant program awards were announced Monday. Eligible recipients receive up to …

Tax Credit Considered for Colorado Disaster-Destroyed Homes

Colorado residents who lost their homes in last year’s floods and wildfires still have to pay property taxes, but state lawmakers are trying to change that law. A bill being heard in a House committee Wednesday would give homeowners whose …

CoreLogic Report Highlights Significant U.S. Natural Disasters in 2013

A record low number of natural hazard events and unusual sinkhole activity were the highlights of 2013, according to CoreLogic, a residential property information, analytics and services provider. The company released its annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis detailing …

Family Loses Second Home in 9 Years to Disaster

A fire destroyed an Iowa couple’s home and forced them to relocate nine years after a flood made their previous home unlivable. WHO television reports Keith and Judy Steger’s in Delaware County was damaged by fire on Friday after something …