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CoreLogic: $13.3B in Reconstruction at Risk in Northern California Dam Failure

Roughly 50,047 single- and multi-family residential homes could be damaged with an estimated reconstruction cost value of $13.3 billion if the Oroville Dam in California were to fail completely, according to new data analysis from CoreLogic that included the six …

Flood Emergency Declared at Utah Dam During Heavy Snowmelt

Federal water managers declared a first-stage flood emergency for the first time at a popular state park and released water from a dam as warming temperatures sent water from rapid snowmelt into homes and onto roads in northern Utah on …

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 …

Severe U.S. Weather During January Cost Insurers More Than $1B: Aon

Major weather and flood events in the U.S. during January will cost the insurance industry more than $1 billion as tornadoes hit a 17-year high, according a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. The most …

Officials in Montana Officials Issue Ice Jam, Flooding Warnings

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is warning that heavy ice on waterways could break apart in some areas, possibly causing ice jams and flooding. The Daily Inter Lake reported the temperatures are expected to climb this week, …

Report: Coal Ash Stored at Virginia Power Plant Vulnerable to Risks

Millions of tons of ash stored at a former coal-fired power plant in the city will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding and other coastal risks, according to a report compiled for an environmental group that is seeking to have the …

Hundreds of Evacuations in California, Nevada from Flooding

Hundreds fled homes as a massive winter storm packing heavy rain, damaging winds and lightning caused mudslides and widespread flooding in Northern California and Nevada. The Russian River in California’s Sonoma County and the Truckee River near Reno, Nevada, overflowed …

Canada’s 2016 Nat Cats Bring Record Insured Damages of $3.7B

Insured damages from Canadian natural catastrophes during 2016 topped C$4.9 billion (US$3.7 billion) – smashing the previous annual record of C$3.2 billion (US$2.4 billion) set in 2013, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “From the wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray in May to the …

Trump vs. California Climate Battle Brewing

California vs. Trump, so to speak, is shaping up to be a heavyweight match. On one side is the world’s sixth (or so) largest economy – home to Disneyland, Hollywood and Big Sur. On the other is the reality show …

Despite Disastrous Flooding, Future of Louisiana Project Remains Murky

Despite the flooding that struck south Louisiana in August, prospects for a decades-old project aimed at protecting Baton Rouge, La. area homes remain murky. The 12-mile structure is called the Comite River Diversion Canal. It would siphon high water from …