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More evacuations in Midwest as floodwaters head downstream

ST. LOUIS – Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees. Heavy rainfall …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 10:40 a.m.

Storm water floods California towns only reachable by boat

Two California communities north of San Francisco were accessible only by boat Wednesday after a rain-swollen river overflowed its banks and inundated low-lying areas around them overnight, authorities said.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

Floods, mudslides as storm wallops Southern California

The second storm in a week brought record-breaking rainfall to parched Los Angeles on Thursday, jamming traffic on Southern California highways and prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred areas.


German couple found dead; Mallorca flood deaths now 12

Spanish rescuers have found the bodies of a German couple who went missing after flash flooding on the island of Mallorca, bringing the confirmed death toll to 12. A young …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Florence flooding spreads as storm heads northeast

Florence, which is blamed for the deaths of at least 19 people, still had abundant rain and top winds around 30 mph on Monday. Forecasters said it was expected to …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

Thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Water starts receding in Pennsylvania after days of floods

Floodwaters began to recede in central Pennsylvania on Thursday, leaving behind a film of mud and headaches for motorists trying navigate around dozens of roads closed to traffic.


Shortage of key Hawaii crop expected after rains swamp farms

Farmers on the Hawaiian island of Kauai say their state should brace for a shortage of its taro crop, a staple of the traditional Hawaiian diet, after record-breaking rains flooded …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

Nor’easter, life-threatening flooding to sweep East Coast

People across the East Coast are preparing for a major Nor’easter to hit the region.


Rain-swollen Seine burst its banks, engulfs quays

Floodwaters were nearing their peak in Paris on Saturday, with the rain-swollen Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and museum basements.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Puerto Rico youth stranded with school still out from storm

Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren’t in class. They’ve been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

A weakening Nate brings burst of flooding, power outages

Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage wreaked by series …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

Heavy rains, floods hit Italy; at least 6 dead in Tuscany

Torrential rain in Italy triggered flooding that killed at least six people Sunday in the Tuscan port of Leghorn, including a family of four who were trapped by rising water …


Kathleen Parker: Harvey, Katrina comparisons intriguing

Chief among the obvious differences is the death toll. Katrina took close to 2,000 lives. As of Friday, Harvey’s toll was 46.


Martin Schram: Tragedy reintroduces world to America

The world watched news showing strangers helping strangers, saving the lives of whole families, elders, and invalids, hauling them into their small boats.


Goodman: Global warming ignored once again

You can’t attribute any given weather event to climate change, but human-induced climate change is making extreme weather events stronger and more frequent, more costly, more deadly.


Besieged Houstonians banding together

The selflessness, indeed the bravery, of our fellow Houstonians, who come through yet again when they’re challenged by Mother Nature’s fickle moods, has become a Bayou City trademark.


At least 950 killed in South Asia’s annual monsoon floods

Devastating floods triggered by monsoon rains have killed more than 950 people and displaced close to 40 million people across northern India, southern Nepal and northern Bangladesh in recent days.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston

Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

New Orleans floods raise questions about pumping system

Some New Orleans officials say they’re not satisfied with the city’s response to weekend flooding, after heavy rainfall overwhelmed the city’s pump stations.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

16 big-water battles: Idaho flood recovery is far from over

Accustomed to drought, south-central Idaho was overwhelmed this winter by simply too much water.


Then and Now: Flooding in Spokane – it’s been worse

As authorities monitor flooding this week around the Spokane region, the damage sustained can’t compare to some of Spokane’s worst flooding seasons. There have been many years where floodwaters have …


Tourism to Paris slumps after attacks, strikes, floods

Fewer foreign tourists are visiting the Paris region after deadly attacks last year and a season of strikes, violent labor action and exceptional floods.


Flood-weary Louisiana cleans house while search continues

Flood-weary residents cleaned out houses Saturday as search parties went door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding so powerful in some cases it disturbed the dead …


Baton Rouge’s summer of pain: Shootings, unrest, now floods

Baton Rouge, the unassuming Louisiana capital city that is often overshadowed by jazz-loving, hard-partying New Orleans, has endured a string of tragedies this summer.


Macedonia declares emergency after flooding kills 21

Macedonia’s government declared a state of emergency Sunday in parts of the capital hit by torrential rain and floods that left at least 21 people dead, six missing and dozens …


24 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continues

CLENDENIN, W.Va. – Surrounded by muddy devastation, Cathy Light and her husband, Chris, thought it was “heaven sent” they had free burgers to munch on in a Clendenin parking lot …


Louvre, Orsay museums close as Seine overflows in Paris

The rising waters of the Seine overflowed riverbanks, roads and rail tracks across Paris on Thursday, forcing authorities at the Louvre to do something they have not done in generations: …


Monsoon rains kill 110 in Pakistan, 108 in India

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 110 people in Pakistan and 108 people in India, officials said Saturday, as forecasters warned of more rain in …


Floods lead to dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

PHOENIX (AP) — Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona’s main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the …