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Federal Report Reveals Extent of Hurricane Harvey

The official numbers for last year’s Hurricane Harvey are in, and they go beyond the 68 dead and $125 billion in damage. Two locations in southeast Texas got more than 5 feet of rain and 18 different parts of Texas …

Rain Gutters Blamed for Many Home Drainage Problems

The person who coined the phrase “saving for a rainy day” must have been a property owner with home drainage problems. The financial costs of poor drainage can be substantial, and the human health costs significant too. Prevention is important, …

Agency Will Hold ‘Parties Accountable’ for JFK Flood

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday it will investigate the water pipe break that added to the weather-related delays at Kennedy Airport and will “hold all responsible parties accountable.” The agency said there were still …

Wisconsin Businesses Show Signs of Recovery After Summer Flood

For a little while on Wednesday, July 12, Sue and Bob Rubach, who help run The Coffee House in Burlington, Wis., with Bob’s family members, seemed to have the uncontrollable under control. The cafe managed to stay dry in spite …

Flood-Prone New Hampshire Town Looks for Ways to Mitigate Damage

Standing on his front porch last Sunday afternoon, Michael Fogarty pointed to the hills and mountains that surround Canaan Village. From each of those high points, he said, water makes its way down to Mirror Lake Brook, Orange Brook or …

Arizona High Court Declines to Review Homeowners’ Yarnell Wildfire Case

The Arizona Supreme Court has declined to review a case involving the deadly Yarnell Hill wildfire that devastated a rural Arizona community in 2013 and killed 19 elite firefighters. The decision leaves intact the Arizona Court of Appeals’ ruling seven …

National Weather Service Staff Said Harvey Was Unprecedented

They had to find new words. In advance of Hurricane Harvey‘s landfall, the meteorologists at the National Weather Service in League City, Texas, felt they needed to break from the usual language they use to communicate the dangers of the …

Weather Service Confirms Oklahoma Likely Hit by 4 Tornadoes

State emergency managers and the National Weather Service were surveying damage Sunday from severe storms that spawned as many as four tornadoes in southwestern and central Oklahoma. The overnight storms tore part of the roof off of a casino and …

Wildfires Destroy 2 California Wineries, Heavily Damage Others

Workers in Northern California’s renowned wine country picked through charred debris and weighed what to do with pricey grapes after wildfires swept through lush vineyards and destroyed at least two wineries and damaged many others. The wind-driven wildfires erupted as …

Alaska North Slope Storm Causes Estimated $10M in Damage

Damages from a recent storm in Alaska’s North Slope could end up costing the regional government more than $10 million, and a damaged road in the nation’s northernmost town could keep whalers from an important subsistence area. North Slope Borough …