New federal grant program allots $10M for dams in 26 states

U.S. 11/10/19, 04:45

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution ...

6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

U.S. 09/23/19, 23:59

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 49 miles (79 kilometers) off the island's northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers). Three aftershocks, of magnitude 4.7 ...

President Trump declares disaster in 6 Vermont counties

U.S. 06/15/19, 13:45

A federal disaster declaration will make six counties eligible for federal aid for damage caused when heavy rain and snowmelt caused dangerous flooding in April in Vermont. President Donald Trump on Friday made the formal disaster declaration for Vermont's Bennington, Essex, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties. The statement said, Federal funding is ...

Groups tout program they say rebuilds faster after disaster

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:17

For Houston resident Scenacia Jones, the experience of getting her new home through an innovative way of building post-disaster housing was like an experiment.Jones and her two children had been living in a shelter for single parents when Hurricane Harvey's devasting flooding hit the Houston area in August 2017. All ...

Update: Trump declares emergency for Arkansas flooding

U.S. 05/31/19, 10:15

The Latest on flooding in the United States (all times local): 9:15 a.m. President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in Arkansas, which has been hit by historic flooding. The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods) The White House said late ...

Hundreds in shelters as record flooding hits Arkansas River

U.S. 05/30/19, 16:49

Temporary shelters were housing hundreds of people on Thursday following evacuations along the swollen Arkansas River, where officials kept a close eye on an aging levee system facing enormous pressure from enduring floodwaters.The river held steady at record levels, offering little relief to areas enduring historic flooding. Hundreds of homes ...

Cuomo: Crews fortify Lake Ontario shore as water levels rise

New York 05/01/19, 13:52

Crews will use sandbags and temporary dams to prepare for potential flooding along Lake Ontario, where rising waters caused extensive damage in 2017, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a visit to the area Wednesday.The worst of the flooding from heavy rain and snow melt is predicted to begin ...

US officials to meet governors amid flood management gripes

U.S. 04/03/19, 15:16

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials were set to meet Wednesday with the governors of four flood-ravaged Midwestern states amid criticism of the federal agency for its management of swollen waterways.Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, all Republicans, and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, ...

Update: President Trump grants Iowa disaster declaration

U.S. 03/23/19, 17:04

The Latest on the flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says President Donald Trump has granted her request for an expedited disaster declaration for 56 counties with damage from recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state. The declaration makes assistance available ...

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims

Politics 03/22/19, 14:16

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General found the breach occurred when FEMA was ...

Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

U.S. 03/18/19, 15:32

Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 200 miles of levees were compromised — either breached or overtopped — in four ...

Update: Nigeria calls off search at collapsed school

Africa 03/14/19, 07:43

The Latest on Nigeria school building collapse (all times local):1:35 p.m.A Nigerian official says search efforts have been halted a day after a school building collapsed in Lagos with an unknown number of children inside.Local people attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday March 14, 2019. ...

2nd day of searching at Nigeria school building collapse

Africa 03/14/19, 05:12

Search and rescue work continued in Nigeria on Thursday after a building containing a school collapsed with scores of children said to be inside.Eight people were dead and 37 were rescued, a National Emergency Management Agency spokesman said late Wednesday.An unknown number remained missing. Frantic efforts went on overnight to ...

President Trump to tour tornado devastation in Alabama

Politics 03/08/19, 10:37

President Donald Trump headed to Alabama on Friday to survey the damage from a deadly tornado that devastated a small town, killing nearly two dozen people. Trump was expected to tour rural Lee County in eastern Alabama, where 23 people died Sunday in a massive EF4 tornado that carved a path ...

Update: Tenn. gov monitoring storm damage; won’t visit

U.S. 02/25/19, 13:10

The Latest on violent weather and flooding in the Southeast (all times local):12:10 p.m.Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee won't be visiting the damage caused throughout the state by recent storm activity over the weekend, but instead plans on remaining in close communication with emergency officials to monitor the situation.The eastbound lanes ...

Climate change means more floods, great and localized

U.S. 02/16/19, 09:50

When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination.Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing their banks have caused two massive floods in three ...

Head of FEMA resigning, questioned over use of vehicles

Politics 02/13/19, 15:49

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is resigning, months after an investigation found he misused government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina. Brock Long said in a letter Wednesday to agency employees that he was resigning to spend more time with his family. Long was under investigation ...

Fire chief wants changes in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

U.S. 02/09/19, 12:18

A Las Vegas-area fire chief who warned lawmakers months before a 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that Nevada should bolster its emergency management planning says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made.Six months before the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that ...

Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief funds

U.S. 01/09/19, 13:26

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management. Trump once again suggested poor forest management is to blame for California's deadly wildfires and said he's ordered the Federal ...

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