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Brazil Floods Force Thousands to Flee Homes

The civil defense office in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul says floods caused by torrential rains have displaced more than 18,000 people across more than 100 cities. The civil defense website says most of those who fled …

Residents Brainstorm Sandy Stormproofing Ideas

While scientists, politicians and engineers ponder ways to better protect New Jersey from storms like Superstorm Sandy, some of the best ideas are coming from those who suffered the most. As the second summer after Sandy approaches, several of the …

Flooded New York Homeowners Regret Dropping Insurance

Some western New York residents whose homes were damaged by a snow-swollen river this month had only recently cancelled their federal flood insurance policies because of rate increases. About 70 houses in West Seneca, just outside Buffalo, flooded when a …

Jerusalem Still Paralyzed From Rare Snowstorm

Jerusalem is still paralyzed following a rare snowstorm late last week, with public transportation and schools in the city shut down and thousands left without power. Israel’s Electric Corp. said on Monday that some 8,000 homes – more than half …

Alaska Town’s Flood Victims Struggle With Red Tape

A tangle of red tape has stalled rebuilding efforts for some homeowners after flooding devastated the interior community of Galena, Alaska, in May. More than 50 homes have been repaired or rebuilt, and work is progressing on infrastructure, public buildings, …

Flooded New Jersey Homeowners in Limbo Awaiting Buyout Offers

An appraiser sent by the state recently assessed the value of Bob and Pat Smith’s house, nearly a year after floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy reached midway up the living room walls. Like the 75 other homeowners living near the South …