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Six Months Later, Hurricane Flood Victims Still Recovering in Virginia

In the months since Hurricane Matthew, Dawn Sawyer has watched her 9-year-old, Sam, bite his nails down to “nubs.” She’s never seen him do that before. As Sam remembers it, he slept right through the storm. He knows the water …

Criminal Charges Announced in Fatal Massachusetts Water Main Break

Criminal charges have been announced in connection with a Boston, Mass., water main break that killed two workers. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley on Wednesday announced a grand jury had returned indictments charging Atlantic Drain Services of Boston and …

Intense Storms, Flooding Wallop California

The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. At least four people died and several others were rescued from …

Rapid Repairs Sought After Pennsylvania Creek Flood Wall Section Collapse

Authorities city say they will seek funding for rapid repairs following the collapse of a section of a creek flood wall in a northeastern Pennsylvania city. Wilkes-Barre city administrator Ted Wampole says a 40-foot section of the Solomon Creek channel …

Private Flood Insurance a Focus for Pennsylvania Insurance Department in 2017

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has a plan to continue furthering its initiatives within the private flood insurance market in 2017. This comes after the North Central part of the state of Pennsylvania saw flooding in many areas outside of identified …

Report Calls on New Hampshire to Prepare for Rising Seas

Though the worst impacts of rising seas in New Hampshire are decades away, a state commission is warning that coastal communities must act now to ensure vulnerable buildings are protected and roads, bridges and other structures constructed in the future …

Virginia Flood Damage from Matthew Costliest Since Isabel, Officials Say

Virginia suffered only a glancing blow from Hurricane Matthew last month when unprecedented amounts of rain fell, but on Wednesday officials estimated flood damage to be hundreds of millions of dollars, making it the costliest storm since Hurricane Isabel in …

Fear of Flooding on the Rise Along Virginia’s Coast

When floodwaters poured into Holly Furlong’s Virginia Beach home in October, she ripped out electrical cords and rushed her four children upstairs. They spent the next two days without power, building blanket forts while anxiously waiting for sewage-tainted waters to …

Students Building Tiny Houses for West Virginia Flood Survivors

Vocational students from across West Virginia are building tiny houses to help some people struggling to recover from flooding this year. Students from 12 vocational schools are designing and building the houses, which will be presented to Gov. Earl Ray …

City in Virginia Proposes Changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps

Norfolk officials are urging residents to take notice of proposed changes to federal flood insurance rate maps in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the rate maps would require some landowners to buy coverage and put some …