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Report Says Rain Washout May Have Caused Virginia Train Derailment

A federal report says a train derailment last month near Washington appears to have been caused by heavy rains washing out the rocks supporting the track. WTOP-FM cites a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report provided Monday on the freight …

2nd Sinkhole Opens in Florida Neighborhood

A second sinkhole opened up in a Florida neighborhood about a half-mile (.8 kilometers) from where a home was partially swallowed by one earlier the same week. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy says the sinkhole reported Thursday morning …

Home in Orange County, Florida Partially Swallowed by Sinkhole

A Florida home has been partially swallowed up by a massive sinkhole. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kat Kennedy says crews responded Tuesday morning, shortly after the Apopka house began sinking. She says the sinkhole measured about 20 feet across …

Wind and Rain from Hurricane Matthew Block Roads, Cut Power in Virginia

High water and downed trees are blocking roads and tens of thousands of people are without power as southeastern Virginia cleans up after Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rain and winds. Dominion Virginia Power says more than 100,000 customers in Virginia are …

Last Evacuation Orders Finally Lifted at Louisiana Sinkhole Site

More than four years since a massive sinkhole that in 2013 swallowed trees in Assumption Parish and forced more than 300 residents from their homes now no longer poses a risk to the public. Assumption Parish officials declared last week …

Florida’s West Coast Facing Sinkhole Risk After Month of Wet Weather

The onslaught of rain that drenched parts of Florida over the past month unleashed widespread flooding that left the ground soppy and saturated. Geologists say that under all the water weight, another problem could be brewing out of sight: sinkholes. …

Increase in Sinkholes Leaves West Virginia City Struggling

Officials in Huntington, W. Va., are scrambling to deal with an increase in sinkholes across the city. Heavy rainfall and aging infrastructure have contributed to the increase, and the city lacks resources to do more than deal with sinkholes as …

Wisconsin Couple Sues Over Sinkhole Injuries

An Eau Claire, Wis. couple is suing the Village of Boyd over injuries caused by a sinkhole on one of its streets. Thomas and Dawn Stagliano are seeking unspecified damages in Chippewa County Circuit Court. Their lawsuit says Thomas Stagliano …

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, …

City’s Refusal to Pay for Sinkhole Damage Upsets Ohio Driver

A truck owner says the city of Dayton should compensate him for sinkhole damage that left his truck inoperable. The Dayton Daily News reports that 52-year-old Mike McDonald is infuriated that the city rejected his $10,000 claim. He says the …