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Flooding on Hawaiian Island Prompts Emergency Proclamation

Maui residents and emergency crews are cleaning up following heavy downpours that flooded homes and caused landslides. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa signed an emergency proclamation after the storm last week, which dropped nearly 10 inches of rain near Iao Valley. …

Hurricane Newton Hits Mexico with Threat of Flash Floods, Mud Slides

Hurricane Newton made landfall Tuesday morning in northwest Mexico and will probably cause damage from heavy rain. Cabo San Lucas, a popular tourist destination, will be hit by winds moving as fast as 90 miles (144 kilometers) an hour, according …

Senator Says FEMA to Fund Crisis Counseling for Louisiana Flood Victims

A U.S. senator says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims. Sen. David Vitter’s office announced the grant in a news release Wednesday. The release says the money is …

Consortium and Kansas County Announce Drone Emergency Response Deal

The Property Drone Consortium and emergency managers for Marion County, Kan. announced a public-private partnership under which the consortium will provide the county with an unmanned aerial system, sensor and resources. The county plans to deploy the system in the …

Weather Service: Flash Floods Pushed Cars off California Desert Highway

The National Weather Service says vehicles were washed off a Southern California desert highway as a band of thunderstorms led to powerful flash flooding. The weather service says the flooding was reported Monday evening on State Route 95 near Interstate …

Caribbean Cat Facility, CCRIF, Pays Belize for Excess Rain From Hurricane Earl 

CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) made a pay-out of US$261,073 to the government of Belize as a result of heavy rains from Hurricane Earl on Aug. 4-5. Rainfall from the hurricane caused widespread flood damage to homes and …

RMS Releases Suite of Europe Inland Flood Risk Data to Open U/W Opportunities

RMS, the Newark, Calif.-based catastrophe risk management firm, has released a suite of Europe inland flood hazard data products. Describing the release as “the highest resolution view of the risk available on the market,” RMS said the data products include …

Just 2% of China’s July Floods Covered by Insurance, vs. Nearly 70% in U.S.: Aon

China’s seasonal “Mei-Yu” rainfall in July led to the worst flooding since 1998, bringing total combined economic losses of an estimated US$33 billion, according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. Affecting the Yangtze …

At Least 2 Dead in Midwest Floods that Damaged Homes, Stranded Motorists

At least two people have died in flooding caused by powerful storms that damaged homes, washed out roads and stranded motorists in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. In northern Wisconsin, an 84-year-old Illinois man died when his vehicle became submerged in …

Climate Change Exposes U.S. Infrastructure to Natural Hazards, Rand Corp. Says

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part column. A follow up column will focus on how catastrophe modelers are being asked to create products that take into account potential climate change impacts. A report out this week from …