Entries in Flooding (47)


Floods to Wreak Havoc On Parts of Midwest

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Whether you loved all the snow this winter or hated it, one thing you can count on is that all of it is going to melt. And if you live in the Midwest, you’re probably in for a very wet spring.

For the third straight year, forecasters are predicting moderate to major flooding in the Midwest, stretching from Missouri to North Dakota. The cities of Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D., are at the highest risk for floods.

Residents have already begun filling sandbags in anticipation of a flood season that could be aggravated by more than five feet of snowfall and frigid temperatures that held the snow in place.

For the first time, researchers say there is evidence that the huge amounts of precipitation this past season may not be all Mother Nature’s doing. Global temperature has been increasing over the past 50 years due to human emission of heat trapping gases.

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Floods Plague Western Washington State

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(FALL CITY, Wash.) -- Residents in the Seattle area are hoping for a break in the weather Monday, as local rivers continue to rise well above flood levels.

Property owners in Fall City, Wash., have watched the Snoqualmie River slowly invade for the past few days. Reaching a level of 59 feet Monday morning, the situation is muddy and dangerous and has some local commuters, like Mitchell Shoenfeld, pulled over to watch.

“It's pretty impressive,” Shoenfeld said. “We've got a current going down that's carrying pretty big logs at about 20 miles an hour.”

More than 20 local roads were closed Monday with two other nearby rivers also approaching major flood levels. Each of the rivers are expected to crest by Tuesday.

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Rain, Winds, Snow Wreak Havoc Along West Coast

Photo Courtesy - Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- West Coast residents are mopping up Thursday from another round of extreme weather that brought strong winds and heavy rain Wednesday to Southern California and blizzard conditions to Arizona.

Parts of Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona are under blizzard warnings Thursday morning, and some areas can expect more than a foot of snow as the storm moves into Colorado.

Southern California residents are still recovering from the last week's storm that brought nearly a year's worth of rain in a week.  Motorists faced downed trees and rolling tumbleweeds resulting from strong winds on Southern California highways and a mudslide closed parts of the 91 freeway at the Riverside County border, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Local engineers are warning communities of the threat of more mudslides and flooding.

In the San Bernardino County town of Highland, homes were already buried in mud from last week's storms.

As a result of the storms, California's acting governor, Abel Maldonado, sent a letter to President Obama requesting a disaster declaration for the state.

While the rain and snow has moved on in California, cold temperatures and strong winds remain in the storm's wake.  A wind warning has been issued for Thursday night into early Friday morning for the passes and canyons near Los Angeles, where near-hurricane strength winds are possible.

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Blizzard Causes Severe Flooding, Evacuations and Fires in Cape Cod Coastal Town

Photo Courtesy- Getty Images(SCITUATE, Mass.) -- In the Cape Cod coastal town of Scituate, Mass., the East Coast blizzard has caused the ocean water level to rise, leading to severe flooding, evacuations, and fires.

Ocean water rushed in when a portion of the seawall collapsed on Scituate's Oceanside Drive. Flooding has reached about 100 yards of the town, and at some areas the water was eight feet deep.

Two homes on Seventh Avenue caught on fire and were destroyed. "We've had a couple of house fires we couldn't get to because the ocean has flooded in between the houses," said Department of Public Works Director Al Bangert. "Firemen went out with fire extinguishers in a rescue boat used more to rescue people in the water than fight fires. They couldn't stop the fires, but they rescued a man stranded in a nearby house."

Everyone inside the homes was safely evacuated. The National Guard is trying to rescue people from other houses that are under water. Lighthouse Point, which has about 80 houses on it, was evacuated.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter in Scituate High School where hundreds of evacuees from Lighthouse Point and Oceanside Drive are now staying.

Officials fear the flooding might cause the sewage system to back up.

"We have a sewer pump station that's not accessible to us right now, so were trying to get to that to see what's going on. It's a pretty substantial pumping system, and if it's not working, sewage backs up," Bangert told ABC News.

Scituate has suffered the worst from the storm among the coastal towns and faces the most danger from high flood waters, said Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, according to the Boston Globe.

"Scituate seems to be in the bull's eye,'' said Judge.

"The snow has stopped but we're still looking at some coastal flooding impact from the high tide from about 3 to 5 tonight. The winds have shifted so we don't expect the coastal flooding to be as severe as this morning's high tide cycle, but there may still be some impact," Scott MacLeod, a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency spokesperson, told ABC News.

"With any kind of coastal flooding there's potential for impact to public utility, like sewer water and infrastructure, but until the flood waters have a chance to recede it's premature to say what steps will need to be taken," said MacLeod.

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Wet West Aftermath: California Communities Buried in Mud

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.) -- Southern California residents will get a break Thursday from the wet weather that inundated the region with a year's worth of rain in just one week.

The series of storms that has pounded the area since last week has triggered mudslides, flooding and swift water rescues, and prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency for six counties.  But as the rain subsides and heads east, the clean-up begins for areas hit the hardest by the strongest part of Wednesday's storm.

In Laguna Beach, a wall of water four feet high poured through downtown, bringing with it a tide of mud.  The heavy water has made driving nearly impossible near the Pacific coast, with puddles the size of lakes forcing road closures.

On Wednesday morning, a mudslide devastated the town of Highland, near the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.  Most of the residents' cars are now buried in mud, and more than 20 homes were destroyed in an instant.

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works lifted evacuation orders Wednesday night for La Canada Flintridge and La Cresenta.  Earlier, officials Tuesday went door to door telling more than 200 homeowners in the area that it was not safe to remain there.

Forecasters say the storm is now moving east.  Arizona, Utah, and Nevada are under a flash flood watch with an additional three to six inches of rain possible from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

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California Storm: Evacuations Ordered, State of Emergency Declared

Photo Courtesy - Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Southern California authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in mudslide-prone areas Tuesday night ahead of more heavy rain Wednesday.

The extreme weather conditions prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency for six counties in the Greater Los Angeles region.  The counties affected are Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Tulare.

Officials went door to door telling more than 200 homeowners in the foothill areas of La Canada Flintridge and La Cresenta that it was not safe to remain there.

If residents refuse the mandatory evacuation, officials make them sign papers acknowledging they are on their own.

Southern California has been hit hard by heavy rains since the weekend, creating scores of accidents and prompting residents to evacuate.

Weather forecasters predict the strongest in the series of storms will hit Southern California early Wednesday morning.

Los Angeles can expect three to six more inches of rain through Wednesday.

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Rain From Remnants of Nicole Batter US East Coast

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole are moving through the East Coast of the U.S., leaving residents along the eastern seaboard bracing for more rain.  The storm has already dropped at least seven inches of rain in both Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In New York City, heavy rain is falling, puddling on roads and sidewalks, while tropical storm winds gust up to 50 miles per hour sweep through the streets.  Flooding, along with speed restrictions posted on area bridges, are causing traffic jams and delays in the region.

In Newark, New Jersey, residents, like Brandon Cruz, have been stranded due to high flood waters rising.  As he was leaving work, Cruz tells ABC News Radio, "Right when I came over I saw people stranded, stuck out there.  I tried to make it through and thought better and turned around."

ABC's Stacy Sager was in Newark, describing the city's flooding.  She says, "Trucks going by are creating a wave that's going above my knee.  I am in the water here, underwater here in Newark.  We see four cars underwater.  The fire department was here.  They got one person out of their car."

Flood warnings and advisories remain in effect in the Northeast and New England Areas.

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