Floods News

In Flood-Struck Colorado, Concerns About Fracking Spills

Contaminated water spilling from flooded oil and gas drilling sites in Colorado is refocusing attention on the environmental risks surrounding America’s fracking boom. Floods that have devastated north-central Colorado, killing eight people and displacing thousands, have also dislodged storage tanks …

Illinois Governor Announces $190 Million In Flood Help

Gov. Pat Quinn says $190 million in federal grants and loans will be awarded to help Illinois residents and businesses in 35 counties recover from April floods. Federal aid to the designated disaster areas includes $143 million in grants to …

President Signs Disaster Declaration For Montana Floods

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration making federal money available to help the state, local and tribal governments repair or replace facilities damaged by flooding in north-central and northeastern Montana this spring. The declaration, signed Wednesday, makes federal …

New El Nino Warnings Could Help Farmers Withstand Drought, Floods

Scientists have found a way to forecast El Nino weather events in the Pacific a year in advance, long enough to let farmers plant crops less vulnerable to global shifts in rainfall, a study showed on Monday. While far from …

President Declares Disaster For Spring Flooding in Alaska

President Barack Obama has declared a federal disaster for spring flooding in parts of Alaska. Gov. Sean Parnell earlier this month requested the federal designation for the Alaska Gateway, Yukon Flats, Yukon Koyukuk, Lower Yukon and Copper River regional educational …

Marsh Enhances Access to National Flood Insurance Program

Marsh has enhanced its Flood Service Center (FSC) facility, which is dedicated to providing clients flood coverage and includes options through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In collaboration with Homesite Insurance in a fronting capacity and Torrent Technologies, an …

Feds Pledge $1 Million To Utah For Flood Damage

The federal government is offering more than $1 million to help cover damage caused by flooding earlier this year in Southern Utah. Officials estimate that floodwaters from a broken dike caused damages of at least $2.8 million in Santa Clara, …

Climate is ‘Changing before our Eyes’ Says World Meteorological Organization

The fact that Arctic sea ice has melted this year to its lowest recorded level shows, along with other weather extremes, that “climate change is taking place before our eyes,” the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday. The first …

Colombia to Offer Climate Change Insurance to Coffee Farmers

Colombia is launching insurance to protect coffee plantations hit by climate change, which has damaged output in the world’s top producer of high quality Arabica beans in recent years, officials said on Wednesday. After three years of bad weather and …

AIR Analyzes Heavy Impact of UK Floods; 2012 Losses ‘Above Average’

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide has issued a preliminary report on the floods caused by the heavy rainfall that began lashing the British Isles on Thursday, November 22, prompting hundreds of flood warnings and alerts. “As of Tuesday, November 27 …