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Crews Assess Environmental Threats Flooding Leaves Behind

HAMBURG, Iowa — Driving along a deeply rutted levee, Heath Smith points to a basketball, picnic basket and pink Big Wheel. He drives past a massive porch. A boat and a semi’s missing trailer sit up ahead. He’s found a …

Thunderstorms Strike East Coast, Leave Thousands without Power

Severe thunderstorms blasted the U.S. East Coast with gusts of wind up to 50 miles per hour on Monday morning, knocking out power in thousands of homes and putting several states on flood watch, the National Weather Service said. More …

Montana Floodwaters at Highest Level in 100 Years

Montana rescuers pulled a man from raging floodwaters and authorities warned of dangerous debris being swept downstream as water levels continued rising Friday in rivers and streams across the western half of the state. The Clark Fork River in Missoula …

Army Issued Warning Before 9 Died in Fort Hood Floodwaters

An alert declaring all low-water crossings off-limits to vehicles was issued at Texas’ Fort Hood hours before a truck carrying 12 soldiers was knocked over by floodwaters last year, killing nine, according to a military report. The report reviewed by …

South Carolina Widow’s Suit Places Blame on Feds for Husband’s Flooding Death

The widow of a man who drowned in South Carolina’s historic 2015 flooding is suing the federal government over a dam that failed on an Army base near Columbia. Filed in federal court in late December, Lois McCarty’s lawsuit seeks …

Hurricane Matthew Sends Looters, Snakes, Rodents Into Homes

Authorities say looters broke into dozens of Beaufort County, S.C., homes after residents evacuated the area to flee from Hurricane Matthew. Citing incident reports, The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that 47 burglary cases were reported to the Sheriff’s …

South Carolina Residents Unprepared for Flash Floods Caused by Small Creeks

Sampson Pringle stood on the roof of his stalled truck on an unfamiliar road in the pouring rain. With water rising around him, he told his fiancee not to worry because he saw help coming. Two days later, after the …

Pennsylvania Documents Reveal Intensity of 1915 Mill Creek Flood

Erie, Pa., has had some tragic days, but Aug. 3, 1915, ranks at the top. At 8:45 p.m. that Tuesday, a wall of water tore through the city at 25 mph, lifting houses from their foundations, ripping pavement from streets …

Water From Texas, Oklahoma Heading to Northwest Louisiana

High water is flooding farmland along the Red River in northwest Louisiana, and is likely to remain for months, the National Weather Service said Sunday. Sandbags are available for rural residents, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office said in an email. …

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, …