Disaster (Flood,Coastal,EQ,W-Fire,etc.) News

Napa Quake May Cost Up to $4 Billion as Wineries Shuttered

The earthquake that struck northern California yesterday will lead to economic losses of as much as $4 billion, fueled by damaged wineries and shuttered businesses that rely on tourists. Insurers will probably cover about $2.1 billion, according to an estimate …

South Dakota Lawmakers Seek Federal Help for Flooding and Tornado

South Dakota’s three members of Congress have asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for three counties hit last month by a tornado and flooding. In a letter to the president, Rep. Kristi Noem and Sens. Tim Johnson …

Disaster Loans Made Available for New Mexico Small Businesses

Small businesses in eight New Mexico counties are eligible for federal disaster loans due to the drought. The U.S. Small Business Administration made the announcement Friday, saying the loans can help offset economic losses from reduced revenues caused by the …

Washington Governor Vetoes $1.5 Million Disaster Fund Cut

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a proposed cut of $1.5 million to Washington state’s disaster response fund. This decision was on a list of vetoes applied to the supplement state budget approved by lawmakers earlier this year. Most of …

Could Washington Landslide Lawsuits Win?

The warnings could hardly have been clearer. One technical report told of the “potential for a large catastrophic failure” of the 600-foot hillside above a rural neighborhood near Oso, on the Stillaguamish River. Another noted plainly that it “poses a …

Idaho’s Elmore County Disaster Area: USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a southern Idaho county to its list of Idaho regions considered natural disaster areas because of drought. The department designated Elmore County a primary natural disaster area, making farmers and ranchers in the …

Washington Mudslide Yields 2 More Bodies

Rescuers slogging through muck and rain Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a massive mudslide instead recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight, Washington state officials said. The grim discoveries further demoralized the four-day …

Exxon Valdez 25 Years Later, Spill Effects Linger in Alaska

Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the largest oil spill in the U.S. The 987-foot (300-meter) tanker, carrying 53 million gallons (200 …

Oregon Disaster Agency Issues Revealed in Audit

Oregon’s emergency management agency may not be well equipped to recover from a major disaster because of a history of leadership problems and an incomplete plan to handle emergencies, according to an audit issued by the Secretary of State’s office. …

Alaska House Passes Resolution Remembering Quake

The Alaska House has passed a resolution honoring those who came to the aid of Alaskans following the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964. HJR23, from Rep. Charisse Millett, would designate this coming March 27 as Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day. …