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5 Dead in Wyoming Highway Crashes Caused by Wrong-Way Driver

A series of crashes caused by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 80 killed five people and seriously injured others in south-central Wyoming. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, according to a Wyoming Highway Patrol statement. Highway …

Moody’s RMS Estimates $5B-7B in Economic Losses from California Flooding

Moody’s RMS estimates total economic losses from the recent California flooding at between $5 billion and $7 billion, and insured losses are anticipated to be between $500 million and $1.5 billion, including losses to the National Flood Insurance Program and …

Few Homeowners Have Flood Insurance in Soaked California

On Sunday morning, Kyle Starks woke up to floodwaters that reached the door of his Jeep after yet another heavy rain storm drenched California. Emergency crews showed up with boats to float Starks and other residents of his rural mobile …

$930M to Curb Western U.S. Wildfires Crisis

The U.S. is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, the Biden administration announced Thursday, as officials struggle to contain destructive infernos that are being made worse by …

People Stranded at Arizona Park Due to Heavy Flooding Headed out

Some 300 campers stranded at a park near Tucson due to flooding from recent rain storms were headed back to dry land. Rangers at Catalina State Park were helping campers walk across the receding wash at the park’s entrance. The …

California Weather Calms But Storm Damage Seen as Extensive

California’s weather was calmer this week after weeks of atmospheric rivers that slammed the state with damaging rains, wind and surf that flooded homes, highways and farm fields, collapsed hillsides and toppled countless trees. Tallying the damage will take time, …

Tackling Threat of Mudslides in Rain Soaked California

Relentless storms from a series of atmospheric rivers have saturated the steep mountains and bald hillsides scarred from wildfires along much of California’s long coastline, causing hundreds of landslides this month. So far the debris has mostly blocked roads and …

AM Best: Historic California Flooding Highlights Need for Robust Private Flood Market

Private flood insurance accounts for over 40% of California’s entire flood market—a significantly larger share than in the other leading states, according to AM Best. A new AM Best commentary notes the ongoing flooding issues in the state will present …

Iconic Tree Canopy in California Turns Destructive in Storms

On a good day, the sun shines in California’s capital city – and elms, pines, oaks and hundreds of other tree varieties fill Sacramento’s parks and line streets, fortifying the city’s reputation as the “City of Trees.” But on a …

Las Vegas Solar Site Arson Was Clean Energy Message, Man Says

A Colorado dentist accused of setting a fire that damaged a transformer at a solar power array outside Las Vegas last week told investigators he wanted to send a message supporting clean energy and denied his intention was sabotage, police …