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One Month Later, Kentucky Flood Evacuees Weigh Cloudy Future

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Nearly a month after deadly flooding engulfed their houses, some eastern Kentuckians sheltering at state parks continue to wrestle with the same life-defining question — whether to rebuild at the place they call home or start …

Hotel Rises as Mexico Beach Recovers from Hurricane Michael

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Standing on the deck of the new Driftwood Inn, 31/2 years after Hurricane Michael obliterated the old one, Tom Wood spoke of the months after the storm. One of his daughters had urged him and …

South Africa Launches Relief for Durban Flooding; 443 Dead

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Declaring a national state of disaster, South Africa has allocated $67 million to help those hit by floods that have killed at least 443 people in the eastern city of Durban and the surrounding KwaZulu-Natal province. Nearly …

Three Black Churches Rebuilding in Louisiana After 2019 Arson

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Three years after an arsonist torched three small Black Baptist churches in rural Louisiana, rebuilding is well under way. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas is months from reopening, with visible progress at St. Mary Baptist …

Three Years After Hurricane, Regeneration, a Possible New Beach

ALLIGATOR POINT, Fla. (AP) — Three years after Hurricane Michael left a path of destruction spanning hundreds of miles along the Forgotten Coast, Tonya McNabb decided to move to Alligator Point permanently. She’s rebuilt the porch that was ripped from …

Insurers May Take $18B Hit From Hurricane Ida – Industry Experts

Insurers are bracing for a hit of about $18 billion from Hurricane Ida in the United States and the Caribbean, catastrophe modeling company Karen Clark & Co (KCC) said on Wednesday. The number, closer to the lower end of the …

Cleanup Begins of Haiti Town’s Earthquake-Crumbled Homes

MANICHE, Haiti (AP) — At the edge of a pile of rubble, Michael Jules plunged an iron bar over and over into the crumbling concrete of his grandmother’s home. A younger cousin squatted at his feet, pulling away debris with …

Report: California Encourages Rebuilding in Fire-Prone Areas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California state and local officials are encouraging rebuilding in areas destroyed by wildfires at a time when people should be redirected away from those areas if the state wants to reduce the economic and human impact …

In Aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Residents Worry About Help

LAKE CHARLES, La. — In a matter of hours last week, Hurricane Laura tore through the tire shop Layla Winbush’s family started just under a year ago, reducing most of it to rubble and scattering hundreds of tires across the …

‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Looks At Emotional Toll of Deadly Fire

SAN FRANCISCO — Almost two years since a wildfire swept through his mountain town and virtually wiped it out, Steve “Woody” Culleton got to put the final touches on his new home. Two redwood trees were planted in the ground, …