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SC Island Property Owners Ask State to Keep Sandbag Wall

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)–A politically appointed board will hear an appeal from property owners who want to bury sandbags along a South Carolina beach to fight erosion, despite concerns that sandbag walls are likely to make the beach wash away faster. …

Thailand Issues New Flood Warnings From Seasonal Rain

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in Thailand issued fresh warnings Tuesday about flooding caused by seasonal monsoon rains, after at least six deaths were reported in the aftermath of a tropical storm that struck over the weekend. The Department of Disaster …

Flooding From Fire-Charred Area Still Threatens Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — It’s nearly two years since a fire burned nearly 3.1 square miles (8.1 square kilometers) in hills north of Flagstaff but rows of concrete barriers and stacks of sandbags remain in place in neighborhoods along a …

After Floods, Eureka, Region Rethink River Management

EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — Kathy Butler now keeps waders, rubber boots and water pumps in her law office. The old brick building on South Central Avenue wasn’t in the flood plain in the 1980s. But it is now. In 2015, …

Hawaii Beach Erosion Bills Would Regulate Property Defenses

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering bills that could force oceanfront property owners to remove sandbags and heavy tarps that can significantly contribute to coastal erosion. Dozens of owners along Hawaii beaches have used loopholes in environmental laws to …

Charleston Weighs Wall as Seas Rise and Storms Strengthen

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Vickie Hicks, who weaves intricate sweetgrass baskets in Charleston, South Carolina’s historic city market, remembers climbing onto the table at her grandmother’s booth downtown when the floodwaters rushed by. Decades later, the seasoned seller of this art …

Already Flooded, South Florida Feeling Wrath of Eta

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Torrential rain from Tropical Storm Eta caused dangerous flooding across Florida’s most densely populated urban areas on Monday after it made landfall in the Florida Keys. Cars were stranded and entire neighborhoods were swamped as flash …

The King Tides Are Coming. Here’s When They’ll Be Worst.

MIAMI — The highest tides of the year, known as king tides, are here again to flood roads, parks and the occasional home or business. This year, in addition to the army of flood pumps coastal cities deploy to keep …

Couple Recounts How Community Rallied to Fight the Flood

VICKSBURG, Miss. — Sitting in their home overlooking Eagle Lake, Paul and Linda Banchetti recalled their experience from the 2019 flood in a few words. “We were lucky.” Like many other residents in the small community that borders the lake’s …

Drones, Supercomputers and Sonar Deployed Against Floods

About the photo: In this March 21, file photo, Whitney Flynn, a physical scientist at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., works on computer screens showing flood predictions and other information. An arsenal of new technology is being put …