Risk of flooding, mudslides remains after California storm

California 02/14/19, 23:12

Authorities warn that mudslides are still possible even after a damaging storm moved through California.April Newman, spokeswoman for Riverside County Fire Department, says crews will continue damage assessments Friday.The powerful system unleashed rain, snow and wind across the U.S. West into Wyoming and Colorado.In California, roads were washed away, people ...

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

California 02/14/19, 20:55

Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. The powerful system swept in from the Pacific Ocean and unleashed damaging rain, snow and wind across ...

Several dozen miners believed trapped after Zimbabwe floods

World 02/14/19, 13:22

Hundreds of relatives, community members and others on Thursday sat on piles of soil and rocks or wandered around at a site in Zimbabwe where dozens of artisanal miners are feared dead after rains flooded mines while they were underground.About 40 people were trapped underground, said police spokesman Clemence Mabweazara. ...

Mississippi sues federal government over river flooding

U.S. 02/11/19, 19:31

The state of Mississippi on Monday sued the federal government, claiming a dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land.The suit seeks at least $25 million in damages and touches on one of the most sensitive engineering questions in the nation — ...

Opera, orchestra team up to tell story of deadly 1913 flood

Entertainment 02/07/19, 10:38

A new opera revisits the Great Flood of 1913, a Midwestern disaster that killed hundreds, left thousands homeless, and destroyed countless bridges and businesses, but that also paved the way for flood control innovations.The dark subject matter is well-suited to opera, said Peggy Kriha Dye, general and artistic director of ...

Icy weather shuts schools in Michigan, causes power outages

U.S. 02/06/19, 09:12

Hundreds of schools are closed in Michigan as freezing rain leaves roads slippery and cuts power to thousands of homes and businesses, while flooding caused by an ice jam prompted an evacuation.School districts including Detroit's were closed Wednesday, as was Wayne State University. In mid-Michigan, flooding caused by an ice ...

10 found guilty in trial over Hungary 2010 red sludge flood

Europe 02/04/19, 12:07

A Hungarian court has sentenced to prison two former executives of an alumina plant involved in the 2010 red sludge flood, an industrial disaster which killed eight people and injured more than 220.Zoltan B. got 2.5 years in prison, while Jozsef D. received a two-year sentence. Both are former executives ...

Powerful storm hits Southern California, flooding highways

California 02/02/19, 23:32

The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders.Flash flood warnings were issued for huge swaths of Southern California and forecasters said ...

Update: Flooding, evacuations as storm hits California

California 02/02/19, 11:32

The Latest on California storms (all times local):8:15 a.m.The second in a string of powerful storms is battering California, bringing down trees, flooding roadways and prompting evacuations in wildfire burn areas where intense downpours could loosen bare hillsides and cause mudslides.Forecasters said Saturday that a wind gust in Santa Barbara ...

Powerful storm sets sights on California

California 02/01/19, 11:52

A powerful storm heading toward California is expected to produce heavy rainfall, damaging winds, localized stream flooding and heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada.Forecasters say rain will arrive in the north late Friday afternoon and reach the south late in the night, and last through Saturday night.Winter storm warnings will ...

Update: Burst pipes disrupt Michigan facilities

U.S. 02/01/19, 07:35

The Latest on the frigid weather in the Midwest (all times local):6:30 a.m.Water main breaks and burst pipes have disrupted operations at several facilities in Michigan amid bitterly cold weather, including a Detroit court and a university library.The 36th District Court was closed Friday amid flooding caused by a burst ...

January was officially Australia’s hottest month on record

World 01/31/19, 20:03

Australia has sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continues with wildfires razing the drought-parched south while expanses of the tropical north are flooded.Australia's Bureau of Meteorology on Friday confirmed the record heat during January as parts of the northern hemisphere have recently ...

Rapid thaw could wreak havoc on pipes, roadways in Midwest

U.S. 01/31/19, 19:28

Much of the Midwest was preparing for a rapid thaw after this week's polar vortex sent wind chill temperatures plummeting below minus-50 in some places. But the transition to warmer conditions threatens a new set of problems.Ruptured water mains, leaky pipes and gutters, an influx of potholes and flooding of ...

Louisiana seeking ways to lessen $3B flood-protection debt

U.S. 01/25/19, 12:34

Louisiana welcomed federal flood-protection money in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in a deal that didn't require the state to begin repaying its share for a decade. But now that bill is coming due, and it has ballooned to a dismaying $3 billion because of accumulated interest. The looming payments have ...

2 divers win Australian award for Thai cave rescue

Soccer 01/25/19, 04:49

Two amateur divers who canceled their vacation plans to join what they thought was a hopeless mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand on Friday received one of Australia's most prestigious awards.Prime Minister Scott Morrison presented Australian of the Year Award 2019 ...

Flash flood watch issued for Northern California burn area

California 01/20/19, 14:52

Another Pacific storm moving into Northern California has prompted a flash flood watch for communities hit by last year's devastating wildfire.The National Weather Service says mud and debris flows are possible in and around the town of Paradise through 9 p.m. Sunday.Forecasters say thunderstorms packing heavy rainfall could cause small ...

California dries off after storms batter state for days

California 01/18/19, 01:17

Californians were cleaning up and drying off Friday after a series of storms dumped heavy rain and snow throughout the state, caused at least six deaths and forced the rescue of more than a dozen people in rushing rivers.Road crews will be working to clear mud, debris and trees that ...

Latest Pacific Ocean storm pounds California with rain, snow

California 01/17/19, 10:34

The latest in a series of Pacific Ocean storms pounded California with rain and snow Thursday, prompting officials to put communities on alert for mudslides and flooding and making travel treacherous. Runoff flowed from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra Nevada foothills and from Central Coast counties to Los ...

California storm triggers crashes, fears in wildfire areas

California 01/16/19, 21:10

Rain and snow falling across California have forced the closure of a major freeway, snarled commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads Wednesday as wildfire-ravished communities braced for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents faced a "potentially life-threatening" blizzard. A series of storms have hit this week, and the latest one ...

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