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Willis Re Introduces Suite of Flood Analytics for Canada Insurance Market

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Group Holdings plc, has unveiled a new suite of flood solutions offering analytical capabilities that will enable insurers to proactively manage Canada flood accumulations. Based on the analytics provided by Willis Re’s strategic …

NOAA: No Spring Drought Relief for California, Nevada, Oregon

Californians facing a fourth year of drought conditions – and some other parts of the West – shouldn’t count on any relief in the coming months. In California this doesn’t bode well for chances of a mild wildfire season, and …

Rescue Teams Battle to Reach Outer Vanuatu Islands Devastated by Cyclone

Residents of the main town in the southern Vanuatu island of Tanna appear to have come through the worst of the cyclone that tore through the South Pacific nation with widespread devastation but not the heavy death toll initially feared. …

Detroit Suburb Receives $5M Insurance Payment for Flood Damage

A Detroit suburb has received a $5 million insurance payment to help the city bounce back from damage caused by flooding in August. Torrential rain and flooding on Aug. 11 damaged city property at the Warren Community Center, police department …

South Louisiana Property Owners not Happy with Levee Plan

A levee proposal by the North Lafourche Levee District in Louisiana is receiving flak from landowners who aren’t pleased with updated plans, causing the project to stall. A section of the Lockport to Larose levee project, south of Louisiana Highway …

U.K.’s Inland Flood-Risk Plan for Thames River Moves Forward

The UK’s largest inland flood risk scheme has moved forward with the award of a major appraisal study to GBV, a joint venture comprising Galliford Try and Black & Veatch. Flood risk for more than 15,000 properties, including all communities …

Philippines on Alert as Typhoon Hagupit Strengthens

AccuWeather Global Weather Center reports that a strengthening Typhoon Hagupit is bringing life-threatening dangers to the Philippines. Hagupit strengthened into a typhoon early Tuesday night PHT (Tuesday morning EST) and has continued to strengthen with sustained winds over 160 kph (100 …

Work Begins on Westernmost Levees in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish

Terrebonne Parish flood protection planners are taking the first steps toward building the western footprint of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system in Louisiana. The 98-mile system’s newest authorization from Congress earlier this year extended its footprint about16 miles west from the …

Financial Aid Arizona County Over Flood Damage

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has declared a state of emergency in response to record flooding in Cochise County two months ago. Powerful rains combined with the remnants of Hurricane Odile resulted in up to 6 inches of rain falling in …

North Atlantic Hurricanes Can Have Big Impact in the Midwest

Located hundreds of miles inland from the nearest ocean, the Midwest is unaffected by North Atlantic hurricanes. Or is it? With the Nov. 30 end of the 2014 hurricane season just weeks away, a University of Iowa researcher and his …