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Floods

As storms become warmer and wetter, responding to floods and mitigating their damage is a major topic of discussion for emergency managers and first responders.

Representatives with the Army Corps of Engineers met with Wilson County officials on Tuesday to discuss area floodplains and how the county can more effectively stand up against damaging flood scenarios.
The state is working on deploying a Hydrology Information Center like the one in Iowa, after a period of severe drought followed by unprecedented flooding, to get a handle on the trend of warmer, wetter weather.
To mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental racism that impact certain hotter and more polluted areas of the city, a group in Stockton, Calif., has secured funding from a state grant program.
Instead of sandbags, a nearly 2,000-foot-long temporary wall of boxes made of chain-link, lined with fabric and filled with gravel, was placed between the highway and the railroad tracks for flood protection.
One at a time, community members stepped up to a microphone to confront state, county and city decision-makers with difficult questions about what could have been done to reduce the impact of the mid-November storm.
Hawaii’s rains will continue as long as the stream of moisture through the atmosphere continues to drag over the islands. Residents have been warned to stay away from “streams, rivers, drainage ditches and culverts.”
After already spending a year learning remotely during the pandemic, students and educators at the middle and high school in New Jersey went back to the same virtual pattern after the town was rocked by the remnants of Ida.
A growing body of research shows that storms are growing stronger faster, a trend that will challenge coastal cities’ ability to safely move residents out of danger zones — and climate change may be a factor.
The National Weather Service issued flood warnings in Whatcom and Skagit counties, as well as the Olympic Peninsula, all areas that recorded as much as 4.5 inches of rainfall between noon Saturday and noon Sunday.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee promised to use state and federal funds — including funds from President Biden's recent infrastructure bill — to ease the effects of climate change.