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Homeowners in a South Dakota County Won’t See Flood Insurance Surcharge

More than 400 homeowners whose property lies along the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota are no longer facing a potential surcharge on their flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had threated to charge $50 to those homeowners in …

Hurricane Protection System for New Orleans Tested by Army Corps

With hurricane season approaching, the Army Corps of Engineers is running through its plans to better protect New Orleans from flooding and testing pumps and floodgates built around this low-lying metropolis since Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago. Corps officials …

Oklahoma Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance Following Tornadoes

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster assistance for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in recent weeks. Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday that says Oklahoma’s latest round of severe …

Disasters Declared in Arkansas, Texas Following Severe Weather

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in counties hit in recent days by severe weather that’s included tornadoes, thunderstorms and heavy rains that brought flooding. Likewise, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a disaster proclamation for 10 …

5 Dead After Twisters Hit Texas, Arkansas

Emergency responders on May 11 searched through wreckage in parts of the states of Texas and Arkansas after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing at least five people, including a young couple whose daughter survived. At daybreak, as …

Wild Weather Leaves 1 Dead in Texas; Tornados, Flooding Reported

Several tornadoes ripped through the northern part of Texas, leaving one person dead and others unaccounted for in a sparsely populated area over the weekend, authorities said. One of the tornadoes on Saturday shattered homes in a rural area south …

State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma Following Severe Storms, Tornados

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of severe storms that swept across the state on May 6 bringing tornados, high winds, hail and flooding. At least 39 tornados were reported to have touched ground yesterday. …

NWS Confirms at Least 8 Twisters Touched Down in Texas

A band of tornadoes that swept across parts of rural Texas over the weekend flattened buildings, tore the roofs off other structures and forced people to rush for shelter, the National Weather Service said. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop …

Despite California Drought, Bay Area Researchers Fear Flooding

Though many researchers in California are focused on the lack of rain, a group in the Bay Area found that if the skies do open up flooding will be a problem. The San Mateo County Times reported that the nonprofit …

How Another Country’s Insurance Industry Is Facing Climate Change

Tim Grafton, chief executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand, lives in a country surrounded by risk on all sides, and he’s unabashed in his efforts to use flooding events, frequent storms or other out-of-the-usual weather phenomenon as opportunities to …