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Published on Sep 11, 2013

After 4 consecutive days of heavy rain, another day of large flash floods strikes southern Utah. Inches of rain have fallen with more in the forecast for the next few days. The 2013 southwest monsoon season has been insane.

Drop by drop by drop, historic rainfall across a 150-mile expanse of Colorado’s Front Range turned neighborhood streams into rampaging torrents that claimed at least three lives and continued to flood homes and destroy roads into the night.

Heavy rain returned to the region Thursday evening, threatening an equally disastrous Friday.

By the end of Thursday, thousands had been evacuated from their homes in places as far apart as Loveland, Erie and Aurora as rain-swollen creeks and rivers threatened their homes. Nearly every road heading into the foothills of Boulder, Larimer and northern Jefferson counties was blocked by floodwaters or debris. Loveland and Longmont were essentially shorn in two by road closures near the Big hompson and St. Vrain rivers that kept residents on one side unable to cross to the other.

At least three Colorado towns — Lyons, Estes Park and Jamestown — were entirely isolated by water. Xcel Energy cut off power to most of Lyons. In Estes Park, a community of about 6,000 people, both telephone lines and cellphone towers were down. As darkness fell, the only communication into or out of the town was by ham radio.

“God, it just needs to stop,” said Bob Stahl, who lives within a block of the St. Vrain River in Longmont. “I just hope it quits.”

So fierce and sustained was the deluge that officials said they don’t know how bad the damage is or how long it will take to fix. Roads crews couldn’t reach flooded areas. More heavy rain was expected overnight and Friday morning — both prolonging the rivers’ menace and delaying the recovery from their wrath.

All together, the floods were expected to be some of the worst in state history.

“It’s going to take us a while to rebuild from this, no question,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday afternoon. “A storm of this size is going to cause severe consequences.”

Even without more rain, flooding was expected to ripple for days.

Flooding is predicted on Friday along the South Platte River east of Greeley, said U.S. Geological Survey spokesman Robert Kimbrough. On Saturday, minor flooding is expected along the same river near Sterling.

“We can anticipate we will see rivers going above flood stages as that flood crest makes its way downstream,” Kimbrough said.

… For Boulder, which saw some of the worst flooding, Kimbrough said there was only a 1-in-100 chance that a storm of this magnitude would happen in a year — meaning the storm is a proverbial 100-year flood. …

Nolan Doesken said the floods are not the worst Colorado has ever seen but they are unusual for being so widespread. A stubborn low-pressure system from the north and a persistent suction of moisture from the south have collided over the state, he said. The result is a perpetual loop of rain.

Doesken said the storm is similar to one that occurred in September 1938, when flooding rampaged through Morrison, Eldorado Springs and parts of El Paso County — a storm The Denver Post at the time called “A moment’s madness of the skies.”

“This is not unprecedented,” Doesken said. “It is simply not common.”

The floods’ impact, though still unclear, was devastating.

One man, who neighbors identified as Joey Howlett, 72, was reported killed after a building collapsed in Jamestown, in the mountains above Boulder. Later, the body of a man family identified as Wesley Quinlan was found in north Boulder in the 200 block of Linden Drive. Officials said that man had been with a woman in a car that became stranded in the area. The woman is still missing.

In Colorado Springs, emergency crews checking flooding conditions early Thursday discovered the body of a man in Fountain Creek, near Nevada Avenue and Las Vegas Street. The man was identified Thursday afternoon as Danny Davis, 54.

“The event is far from over,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said at a morning news conference. “We know we’ve lost lives. As the day goes on, we may find we’ve lost others.”

Only quick evacuations and moments of heroics prevented other deaths.

Officials in Erie, Longmont and Loveland moved rapidly to evacuate residents in flood-prone areas. Emergency crews in Aurora, Commerce City, Denver and Jefferson County scrambled to rescue drivers stranded in floodwaters.

Firefighters in Broomfield pulled two people out of cars that splashed into floodwaters when the section of Dillon Road that they were driving on crumbled beneath them. A third motorist was able to free himself from his vehicle.

“I have people banging on the doors,” one of the first police officers on scene shouted into his police radio. “There’s one overturned. I’m hearing people banging. I can’t get down there right now.”

North Metro Fire & Rescue firefighters used a raft to rescue the two, who suffered only minor injuries.

Throughout the day, residents in the flood’s path looked on with disbelief as their neighborhoods turned suddenly threatening.

Three Loveland police officers knocked on Julie Demaree’s door at 3 p.m. Thursday to deliver a fairly short, blunt order: “You have 30 minutes, … so get out.”

Demaree and her boyfriend collected their things and their dog and headed toward a hotel near Interstate 25 and U.S. 34. As they left, they looked back on the sliver of the Big Thompson River that runs by Demaree’s condo.

“I liked to walk on the little walking trail there, but now it’s completely flooded,” she said. “By the time we left, the water there had gone up 3 feet.”

Conditions worsened throughout the day in Longmont, and, by late afternoon, the evacuation center at Silver Creek High School had registered 150 people.

“We are having a hard time getting supplies,” said Steve Aubrey, a Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy. “We are checking with the National Guard to see if we can get cots for everyone tonight.”

Many tried to stay upbeat.

On Twitter, a man posted a picture of himself holding a fish he said he caught. The fish was swimming around the basketball hoop in his driveway.

For Grant Hetherington and Jyssica Lasco, the flood washed away their plans to be married Friday at the Stone Mountain Lodge in Lyons. They had spent a year-and-a-half planning the event.

A half-day’s work on Thursday quickly switched the wedding to a venue in Loveland.

“I cried a little, but I’m still marrying my best friend and the love of my life,” said Lasco, 24, “and we’re sending our thoughts out to those affected by the flooding.”

As rain continued to fall into the night, officials said that was about all that could be done. Earlier in the day, Hickenlooper was asked whether the state had the resources to deal with the flooding. The governor insisted it did. It was just that, on Thursday, the rains reigned.

“It’s not that we haven’t had the equipment or the manpower,” Hickenlooper said. “It’s that the conditions haven’t permitted it.”

Published on Sep 12, 2013

The series of storms that washed over Quebec overnight caused damage in Montreal and the surrounding area.

In the city heavy rainfall before dawn flooded the Atwater Tunnel. As cars and trucks struggled to make their way through police officers restricted traffic around 6:15 a.m.

Officers forced drivers to wait, letting vehicles slowly make their way through in single file with plenty of space between each one.

Meanwhile about 60 km southwest of the island the storms knocked down dozens of trees and 15 hydro poles in the town of Saint Anicet.

Hydro Quebec said 4,000 households lost power at the height of the storm.

The hot, muggy weather that is leading to thunderstorms is expected to last throughout the day before clearing up on Friday.

Seven people died, one went missing and 700 houses were flooded after heavy rains inundated Galati county in south eastern Romania late on Wednesday.

The Government has organized the emergency commandment to evacuate people from the 17 villages hit by floods and support those affected by the heavy rain.

The most affected was the village of Cudalbi, where 500 houses and their gardens were flooded, forcing 200 people to leave their homes.

On Thursday morning, car traffic was blocked on two local roads in the county, with water one meter deep on the road in some cases.

Train traffic on the route Galati-Barlad between Targu Bujor and Flotesti was also blocked because of alluvial sediment brought by the rain. Four villages in the county do not have electricity.

The weather report shows rain continuing on Thursday as well. Most of the country was under a Code Yellow for storms until Wednesday at midnight.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Eight people have died and hundreds have been evacuated in remote eastern Romania as torrential rains caused flash flooding, officials reported Thursday.

Authorities said some 700 houses were flooded after 12 villages were hit by a six-hour downfall that began Wednesday evening and equaled the region’s average rainfall for two months.

Six people drowned, one is missing and two others had fatal heart attacks amid the deluge, local official Nicolae Bacalbasa said Thursday. Authorities were still searching flooded homes for more possible victims in the region, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Bucharest near the country’s border with Moldova.

Forty-five people were rescued from the floodwaters and 330 people were evacuated from their homes, the Interior Ministry reported. Roads in the area were impassable Thursday.

The worst-hit village was Cudalbi, where 500 houses were flooded, 200 people were evacuated and one person died, Bacalbasa said. Two people died in the village of Cuca, and two others died in Costache Negri, where 100 houses were flooded.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta sent a deputy to view the area and called an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the situation.

More rain is forecast for the coming days.

Published on Sep 11, 2013

The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim today with over four lakh people affected by the overflowing Brahmaputra and its tributaries in 13 districts with the rhino habitats Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuaries inundated.

At least 600 villages were affected in the districts of Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Chirang, Dhemaji, Hailakandi, Jorhat, Kamrup, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari and Sonitpur where vast tracts of of human habitation and farm land overrun by the surging waters, official sources said.

In world heritage site Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned Great Indian Rhinoceros, huge area in Burapahar, Bagori and northern parts of Agratoli Ranges were under water with animals taking shelter on high platforms within the Park and in neighbouring Karbi Anglong district, the sources said.

Similar was the situation in Pobitora where 90 per cent of its 38.8 sq km area were inundated and the rhinos along with other animals taking shelter on buffer zones there.

The water level of the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level in the world’s largest river island Majuli, Kamalabari, Nematighat, Jhanjimukh and Dhubri, the sources added.

According to the Central Water Commission report, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat, Goalpara and Dhubri, while Dhansiri was flowing above the red mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat.

Published on Jul 5, 2013

TV9 News: Floods in Assam Sweep Away 250 Villages, 75000 People Displaced, Destroy Homes and Crops…

Heavy rain showers submerged several populated areas as massive floods swept Kef governorate, northwest of Tunisia, yesterday.

According to a report made by Mosaique FM, fire fighters and National Guard units intervened to rescue the locals, evacuating 500 families from their homes.

The heavy precipitations stroke the region of Merja as well as Wed Bou Slaa in the county of Sers, Kef. Nearby rivers and valleys, overwhelmed by the battering rains, flooded and reached the local population in the quasi absence of flood control structures. Mosaique’s reporter affirmed that the adjacent Algerian stream of Wed Laalag, located nearby the Tunisian Algerian boundaries, flooded also engendering a massive deluge in the region.

A number of the rescued people spent the night on the roofs of their houses, while others, taking the route, were rescued from being swept away along with their cars by the torrential flood.

Considerable damage in the infrastructure was observable; but, no records of human casualties occurred.

Floods and heavy rain have affected more than 5.2 million people in the Sino-Russian bordering province of Heilongjiang, local authorities said on Wednesday.

As of Monday, residents from 904 towns and townships have been affected by the floods, and among them, 331,000 people have been relocated, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

The floods have also caused 18,300 houses to collapse and roads to be temporarily cut off on 1,315 occasions, according to the headquarters, adding that total economic losses for the province are estimated at 19.1 billion yuan (3.12 billion U.S. dollars).

More than 8,000 relief workers are still battling the floods.

The Heilongjiang River has swelled since mid-August, with some sections of its middle and lower reaches seeing their worst floods in history. The water levels of Nenjiang River and Songhua River have also exceeded their warning level for weeks. …

The flood situation in Russia’s Far East is set to worsen this week with the local meteorology department warning that the waters of the Amur River near the flood-hit city of Khabarovsk may reach a peak level of some 830 cm (27.2 feet) by Thursday.

The forecasted level will surpass the earlier record registered mark of 642 cm by almost two metres, while the critical mark of the water level stands at six metres.

“As of 8:00 am local time on Monday, water levels of the Amur River near the city of Khabarovsk stood at 797 cm [26.1 feet],” local meteorology service said in a statement.

Over 50 towns and villages are flooded across the Khabarovsk Territory and some 1,800 residential buildings have been inundated.

Several weeks of flooding in Russia’s Far East, which according to Russian meteorologists are the worst in the region in 120 years, have affected the Amur and Magadan regions, the Jewish Autonomous Region, and the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, as well as in the Siberian republic of Yakutia. …


I’ve lost everything! My home and my vegetable-garden!” says Svetlana Fillipovna, weeping. “They’ve already paid us initial hardship payments — 10,000 rubles ($300) — and they say there’s more to come. It comes to 400,000 rubles ($12,100) for our family. But we can’t build a new house for that money, and in a month or two it’ll be winter.”

The locals who have been fighting the high waters for the second month in a row are comparing the catastrophe to the Biblical Great Flood. Almost 30,000 people have been evacuated and almost 3,000 are in hospitals, mainly as a result of non-life threatening injuries and stress.

Khabarovsk’s flooded homes are being evacuated. Hydrologists are projecting the water will rise to the 325-inch mark by Sept. 5.

The Amur River has started to recede in some places along its mid-section by between 2 inches and 1.6 feet per day. Freezing cold will come in late September to the area where thousands of homes have been permanently damaged.

“We’ve been living in the attic for almost a month. The water is waist-deep inside the house and it’s impossible to stay there — it’s damp and moldy everywhere,” Marina Maslova, who lives in the village of Vladimirovka, said despondently. “Today we applied for a place to stay in a hostel, and we hope to move to normal living conditions soon.”

People are being sheltered at resorts and in army barracks. Homes that can still be salvaged are being dried out with space heaters: Three hundred of these have already arrived from the government emergency fund and 2,000 more are on the way.

The equipment is power-hungry, so, in an unprecedented move, the local authorities have decided to cut the electricity bills of affected residents by a third.

The government of China’s province of Heilongjiang on the other side of the border has offered help, but the Russians have declined: Their neighbors have been hit by natural disasters too; summer floods and hailstorms have affected 4.5 million people and resulted in 12 billion yuan ($1.9 billion) worth of damage.

Some 12 tons of international mail has piled up at customs in Heihe, because the Amur has submerged the cargo terminal. However, the river has started receding and two freight barges made their way across the Amur for the first time on Aug. 29, hauling equipment and three tons of mail over to the Russian side.

Meanwhile, in the Jewish Autonomous Region and Khabarovsk Region, the waters keep rising. … …


Flooding in the Far East of Russia reaches its most dangerous moment

2 September 2013

Water levels in the city of Khabarovsk mean thousands could be forced to evacuate in the coming days. Many are fearful to leave, concerned their water-logged properties can be looted, say locals in stricken regions. 

Concern on Monday focused on the villages of Molodezhniy and Kharpensky close to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, with rescuers carrying our an emergency evacuation. People are forced to leave their homes even if they initially refused because of the high risk to their lives for staying after flood defences burst. A dozen were reported to be refusing to quit. 

Some houses were completely underwater. 223 houses were flooded. Residents were evacuated to temporary shelters, specially arranged for them, or to their family members. New dikes were being built in industrial city Komsomolsk-on-Amur to a height of 9.20 metres.

On his return from a prolonged visit to the stricken regions, President Vladimir Putin flew to the large Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk – outside the flood zone – calling for governor Lev Kuznetsov to take personal control of airlifting supplies of coal, foods and other essentials to areas in the east that have suffered from the deluge.

‘I know there have already been contacts with the companies in your region on the coal deliveries. Perhaps it is to think through the basic foods delivery, like potato and vegetables. Perhaps some help will be needed with building materials. We will try to assist in sorting the transportation issues and the rates, but I am asking you to control this question,’ said the president who has called for the authorities to do more to assist the needy.

On Monday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered government ministries and local authorities in the Far East to draw up spending proposals to fund the clear-up following the catastrophic floods.

Today the waters at Komsomolsk-on-Amur were up to 803 centimetres, by 102 centimetres above the rating of record flooding from 1959. The water level in the Amur River close to Khabarovsk was 797 centimetres. It is forecast to rise to 830 centimetres. …

Twenty-four people were killed in Mali’s riverside capital Bamako on Wednesday when torrential rains provoked flash floods that washed away homes in several neighborhoods, a government minister said.

“The heavy rains led to flooding … These floods caused 24 deaths,” Tiefing Konate, the country’s minister of internal security and civilian protection, said in a statement distributed to local media.

Bankoni, Taliko, Lafiabougou, Djicoroni Woyowayanko, Lafiabougou Bougouba and Bougoudani neighborhoods were all hit by floods during rain storms that lasted most of the day. Nineteen people died in Taliko alone, the statement said.

Parts of Bamako, a city of around 2 million people on the Niger River, flood regularly during the West African nation’s June-to-October rainy season. Deaths are a relatively common occurrence…

The level of the Amur River near the city of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East has reached a record high of 750 centimeters as devastating floods caused by heavy rains continue.

Dams have been quickly built near Khabarovsk to protect two major power stations from water levels as high as 900 centimeters.

The presidential envoy in the Far East, Viktor Ishaev, said on August 28 that heating system in the city will be seriously affected by the floods.

Ishaev added that the coal and gold mining industries as well as farms in the region have been severely damaged.

He said some towns in the regions of Amur, Khabarovsk, Yakutia, and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast will be rebuilt in new, flood-safe areas.

The floods, which are considered Russia’s worst in 120 years, are expected to last for a month.