flooding

Hurricane Fiona Hammers Puerto Rico, Entire Grid Down

Hurricane Fiona Hammers Puerto Rico, Entire Grid Down

Hurricane Fiona dumped catastrophic flooding on Puerto Rico over the weekend, knocking out the entire island’s electrical grid and dropping as much as 30 inches of rain. Electricity was out across the island by 2pm ET Sunday, even before Fiona made official landfall at about 3:20 pm ET near Punta Tocon. Understanding the scope of […]

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    Residents Without Safe Drinking Water in Jackson, Mississippi After Flooding, Treatment Plant Failure

    Residents Without Safe Drinking Water in Jackson, Mississippi After Flooding, Treatment Plant Failure

    The failure of the main water treatment plant in Jackson, Mississippi, means 180,000 people in the capital city and its surrounding areas will be without reliable drinking water for the foreseeable future. Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency, while bottled drinking water and non-potable water to be used in toilets were distributed to […]

    ‘Monsoon on Steroids’ Leaves a Third of Pakistan Underwater

    ‘Monsoon on Steroids’ Leaves a Third of Pakistan Underwater

    Relentless monsoon rains that began in June have caused widespread flooding in Pakistan, destroying homes, crops and roads, reported BBC News. Officials have said at least 1,136 people have died. Senator Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Climate Change, says one-third of the country has been submerged by the flooding. “Literally, one-third of Pakistan is […]

    Deadly Kentucky Flooding Devastating to Schools, Children

    Deadly Kentucky Flooding Devastating to Schools, Children

    The flooding that killed at least 39 people in eastern Kentucky this summer also rampaged through Robinson Elementary School, collapsing the roof and destroying three decades’ worth of Robin Combs’ math curriculum materials, The New York Times reports. As they mourn the deaths in their community, including some children and staff, students and teachers from two […]

    Torrential Rain Floods Drought-Stricken Southwest

    Torrential Rain Floods Drought-Stricken Southwest

    Heavy rains set off significant flooding from Arizona to Texas that killed at least one person in Mesquite on Monday in a wild weather whiplash for a region that has seen drought and extreme heat this summer. Climate change, mainly caused by the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels, is making both droughts and extreme precipitation events […]

    Louisiana Withholds $39 Million in NOLA Flood Protection Funds Over Abortion

    Louisiana Withholds $39 Million in NOLA Flood Protection Funds Over Abortion

    A Louisiana state commission is holding $39 million in New Orleans flood control funds hostage after city officials voiced opposition to the state’s abortion ban, despite not having any operating abortion clinics in the city anyway. The Louisiana State Bond Commission has rejected — twice, both times at the urging of Jeff Landry, the state’s […]

    Record Flooding in Death Valley National Park Strands 1,000 People

    Record Flooding in Death Valley National Park Strands 1,000 People

    Typically dry Death Valley National Park was hit with a record amount of rain over the weekend, which triggered flash floods, stranding park employees and visitors as all roads were forced to close and vehicles were washed away. The inch and a half of rain that fell in the 3.4 million acre park this weekend […]

    Coastal Flooding Rising With Sea Levels, NOAA Reports

    Coastal Flooding Rising With Sea Levels, NOAA Reports

    A new report from government researchers says high tide flooding along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts is likely to worsen, reaching a nationwide average of three to seven days by April 2023 and 45 to 70 days per year by 2050. High tides driven by rising seas flooded coastal areas more than 500 times over the […]

    Flood Maps Show U.S. Vastly Underestimates Contamination Risk at Old Industrial Sites

    Flood Maps Show U.S. Vastly Underestimates Contamination Risk at Old Industrial Sites

    By Thomas Marlow, James R. Elliott, and Scott Frickel Climate science is clear: Floodwaters are a growing risk for many American cities, threatening to displace not only people and housing but also the land-based pollution left behind by earlier industrial activities. In 2019, researchers at the U.S. Government Accountability Office investigated climate-related risks at the […]