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Managers Made Errors in Handling California Dam Crisis

Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: “This is not good.” Over six …

San Jose Flooding Resulted in $73M in Damages, City Official Says

A San Jose, Calif. official says an initial estimate puts damage costs from last week’s flooding of several residential neighborhoods at $73 million. Assistant City Manager David Sykes said flood damage to private property is estimated at $50 million. He …

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 …

Blizzards, Ice Storms Wreak Havoc In Midwest Plains

Travel conditions remained hazardous as a winter storm swept across much of the northern Great Plains, with blowing and drifting snow creating near-zero visibility on some roads. The combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds that forced the shutdown …

Climate Change Modeling is Closer than You Think

For the last few years you got a common response from catastrophe modelers who advise the property/casualty industry when asked about including the effects of climate change in modeling. It went something like: “The industry isn’t interested in what the …

New Mexico Village Gets $2.4M for Repairs from 2008 Storms

The village of Ruidoso in New Mexico will receive more than $2.4 million from the federal government to help with the cost of repairing sewer pipes damaged by storms and flooding nearly eight years ago. Members of New Mexico’s congressional …

Tornadoes Survival Tips from Texas to Nebraska

Storms swept through the nation’s midsection Monday, spawning numerous tornadoes. While tornadoes can form any time weather conditions are right, the area from Texas to Nebraska typically sees tornadoes between April and June. Here are some items from the nation’s …

Louisiana Commissioner: FEMA Extended Proof of Loss Form Filing Deadline

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is reminding the state’s residents and businesses that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a 60-day extension for filing proof of loss forms by National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by storms across the …

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Arkansas County

A joint federal/state disaster recovery center opened in Jefferson County Feb. 20 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in December and January, Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency …

Group Asking Residents Use Drones to Map El Niño Flooding in California

Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline’s changing face. Starting this month, The Nature Conservancy is asking tech junkies to capture the flooding and coastal erosion that come with El Niño, a …