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Midwest Battered by Deadly, Damaging Storms

Sandbags were holding back floodwaters in parts of Michigan as a storm system moved across several Midwest and Great Plains states on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, snow and ice to the region. The weather has already been blamed for hundreds …

California Lawmakers Want to Beef up Dam Checks After Oroville

California would beef up dam inspections under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, a year after a near disaster prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents living downstream from the tallest U.S. dam. The Assembly unanimously gave final approval to …

California Dam Crisis Driving National Examination

One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California’s half-century-old, towering Oroville Dam say they are looking hard at how they overlooked its built-in weaknesses for decades. The Federal …

New Orleans’ Infrastructure Is Crumbling; Will Trump Plan Help?

When a heavy rain hits New Orleans, residents move their cars to higher ground for fear of fast-rising street flooding. Knee-deep potholes can eat a car’s fender. When pressure drops in the city’s aging water delivery system, restaurants and cafes …

California City Sues over California Dam Crisis

A small California city at the base of the tallest U.S. dam filed a lawsuit last week against the state over an emergency that forced authorities to order 188,000 people to flee last year, arguing the crisis was caused by …

Storm Floods California Roads, Loosens Hillsides

Heavy rains pounding Southern California for a second day caused flooding and loosened hillsides as officials in fire-ravaged communities warned people to stay off roads over fears of destructive mud flows. Water and debris in lanes shut down coastal U.S. …

Officials: Water Pipe Break at New York’s JFK Airport Weather-Related

A water pipe break in one of the terminals at New York’s Kennedy Airport on Sunday added to the delays at the beleaguered airport trying to recover from the aftermath of a snowstorm that has stranded thousands of passengers. In …

FEMA Announces Federal Disaster Assistance for Several Northeast States

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the states of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storm and …

Top Insurance Journal South Central Stories of 2017

Among the most read news stories in Insurance Journal’s South Central region during 2017 concerned Hurricane Harvey and Texas hailstorm (aka natural catastrophe insurance claims) legislation. The insurance industry in Texas for years has been pushing for legislation aimed at …

Trump Declares Disaster for New Mexico Native American Community

President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for a New Mexico Native American community that is recovering from the effects of severe weather and flooding. The declaration announced Thursday by the White House frees up federal money to help …