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Heavy Rain Dumped by North-Central Arkansas Storm

Storms moved across northern Arkansas, dumping heavy rain and causing flooding in the town of Clinton. National Weather Service meteorologist Sean Clarke in Little Rock says 5.1 inches of rain fell in about a two-hour period Sunday night in the …

Wet Monsoon Season on Tap for Southern Nevada

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning residents in southern Nevada about the potential for flash flooding this summer since the monsoon season is expected to be wetter than normal. Meteorologist John Adair tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that …

California Governor OKs Safety Bill Prompted by Dam Crisis

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that seeks to beef up dam inspections following a near disaster that caused the evacuation of almost 200,000 people living downstream from the tallest one in the United States. The measure implements several …

Homes Destroyed, Power Outages in Texas Storm

Heavy thunderstorms produced hail and possible tornadoes in northeast Texas on Sunday night, with the communities of DeKalb and Winnsboro hardest hit, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. In DeKalb, a possible tornado struck the city’s south side causing …

Bad Design, Poor Construction Blamed for California Dam Damage

Bad design and construction of the tallest U.S. dam a half-century ago and inadequate state and federal oversight since then led to a disastrous spillway collapse in February, an independent national team of dam safety experts said this week as …

3 New Arkansas Counties Added to Disaster Aid List

Officials say three more Arkansas counties have been added to the list of counties that are eligible for disaster unemployment assistance because of severe weather earlier this year. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says Prairie, White and Woodruff are …

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 …