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Clif High has been predicting "rivers of rain" when places will get a year's worth of rain within an hour - listen to his broadcasts when he talks of the global coastal event.

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Once in a century flooding gives Queensland an unexpected sequel: 3 killed

Queensland was today in the grip of another extraordinary flood crisis, with three people dead, helicopters rescuing residents from roofs, and cities and towns facing inundation. Dramatic rescues were underway in Bundaberg, where the city’s worst flood on record left dozens of people trapped on rooftops. Authorities later ordered people in flood-hit north Bundaberg to leave their homes, warning their lives were at risk.


Australia floods- Cyclone aftermath hits Queensland

Flooding after Tornado in Queensland


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Mozambique floods displace thousands

Jan. 29, 2013

More than 40 people dead and almost 150,000 residents forced to flee to higher ground by rains and overflowing rivers.

"At least 150,000 people have been displaced in Mozambique due to intense flooding, according to the United Nations.

The UN said on Tuesday that the number displaced is expected to rise as fresh rains spread flooding northward.

At least 40 people have been killed so far by heavy rains and overflowing rivers in the southeastern African country, which is experiencing its worst floods in more than a decade.

"People in high-risk areas are still being rescued," Rita Almeida, a spokeswoman for Mozambique's National Disaster Management Institute, said.

"We are asking people to move out of houses that could be destroyed by rain," Almeida said.

The south of the country has been worst-hit by the flood surge, especially in the province of Gaza where 150,000 residents have been forced to flee to higher ground, Patricia Nakell, a UN spokesperson, said."


Landslides Leave 16 Dead, 9 Missing in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia January 27, 2013

"Rescuers found four more bodies Sunday, bringing the death toll to 16 in two separate landslides triggered by torrential rain in western Indonesia, including five geothermal workers, officials said.

The worst landslides happened in Tanjung Sani of Agam district in West Sumatra province, where 20 houses were buried when mud and rocks fell from surrounding hills at dawn on Sunday, killing 11 villagers, said disaster official Ade Edward.

He said six injured villagers were being treated at a hospital, including one in critical condition. The bodies of the dead, including three children aged 8 and 9, have been evacuated and rescuers using heavy digging equipment are searching for nine people who reportedly were buried under the mud and feared dead.

Hundreds of terrified survivors fled their hillside homes for tents on safer ground, fearing more of the mountainside would collapse under continuing rain, Edward said."


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Nine people killed, as freak hailstorm rains ice boulders on Indian villages

Hailstones the size of boulders have rained down on villages in southern India. At least nine people were killed when the violent weather hit several villages in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The hailstorm which lasted for almost 20 minutes, destroyed crops, houses and live stock, causing devastating financial implications for residents.

Boulders  ???



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Peru, Chile and Bolivia hit by record floods, after heavy rain: 6 dead

Torrential rain has been causing havoc along the Pacific coast side of South America, with flooding causing the deaths of at least six people in Peru. In the southern city of Arequipa, thousands of people were left without electricity and drinking water.



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Mud slides and huge devastation as flash floods hit Italy.

Published on 22 Feb 2013

Rivers of mud caused by torrential rains have swept through villages in Nothern Italy, killing up to 8 people. Some parts of what is a popular tourist destination were cut off because of flooded, blocked or destroyed roads. It's Italy's second weather disaster in a week - after Rome was hit by a violent storm that brought transport to a halt and forced many to stay indoors. Torrential rains lashed country from the Alps to Sicily. The storm Wednesday spared few areas, but Liguria and Tuscany were the hardest hit. Roads and the railway line were blocked.

Mud slides and huge devastation as flash floods hit Italy.


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Floods and landslides kill 17 in Indonesia

from Feb 18, 2013


"Four children were among 17 people killed over the weekend in central Indonesia after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides, officials said on Monday.

The children, aged between two and nine, died along with 13 adults when flooding and landslides hit the northern part of Sulawesi island early Sunday, provincial disaster management agency spokesman Howke Makawarung told AFP.

“We recorded 17 people killed. All bodies were found on Sunday,” he said, adding that heavy rains had hit three areas, including the North Sulawesi provincial capital of Manado which saw water levels up to four metres (13 feet)".


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Deadly Flash Floods Ravage Mauritius

April 1, 2013

"A day of mourning has been declared in Mauritius after at least 11 people lost their lives in savage flash floods that caught the Indian ocean island by surprise on Saturday.

Most of the dead were caught in an underground car park in the capital Port Louis, and police and rescuers are still looking for survivors two days after 152 millimetres of rain fell in less than two hours.

The prime minister has blamed the disaster on the effects of global warming and climate change, but local media are questioning why the national Disaster Management Committee, which was warned of the downpour on Saturday morning, did not meet until the afternoon."


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Toll climbs to 59 in deadly Argentina flooding

April 4, 2013

"The number of deaths from record rains and flooding in Argentina climbed to 59, officials said as they searched Thursday for about 20 people still missing.

Most of the bodies were found Wednesday after a second day of record rainfall deluged Buenos Aires and nearby La Plata, where flooding submerged cars and sent people scrambling to rooftops for safety.

President Cristina Kirchner declared three days of national mourning starting Thursday in honor of the victims.

Kirchner surveyed the devastation by helicopter the day before, flying over La Plata, a bustling university town of about one million inhabitants where she grew up, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital.

Several people perished in Buenos Aires and its suburbs, while various others were missing and feared dead.

"There are still about 20 people who have not been found," said Argentine Deputy Security Minister Sergio Berni.

Lorena Bermet, 36, recounted how she sought refuge on the roof of her house with her husband and two young children until rescuers were able to rescue them by boat.

The building now is uninhabitable, she said, on the verge of collapsing and filled with snakes and rats that invaded after the flood."


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Heavy rain turns deadly in San Antonio

May 25, 2013

By Patrick Garrity, NBC News

The wet weather plaguing many parts of the U.S. this holiday weekend has turned fatal in sodden San Antonio.

One person is dead, another is missing and nearly a hundred more have been rescued as heavy rain has pummeled the Texas city, causing flash flooding

The majority of rescues were people trapped in their vehicles in low-lying areas of the city, San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove told NBC News."


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Flooding grips Norway

May 24, 2013


"Flooding has forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes in eastern Norway.

The weather has been unsettled across the region over recent weeks, and in just the last couple of days the rain has turned very heavy. Lillehammer reported 64mm of rain on Wednesday, which is more than is expected in the entire month.

Melting snow has also added to the problems.

On 18 and 19 May, the temperatures in Lillehammer soared to 29C. In the surrounding mountains, this sudden rise in temperature caused the snow to suddenly melt.

As the water poured down the mountainside, some of the rivers burst their banks.

One of the worst hit towns was Kvam, which is situated along the Gudbrandsdalslagen River."


and here in Iowa

Shell Rock shelter opens as Beaver Creek threatens New Hartford


Officials in New Hartford are suggesting that residents evacuate as Beaver Creek continues to rise, while a shelter for those choosing to evacuate the town has opened.

by Nikki Newbrough


Officials in New Hartford are suggesting that residents evacuate as Beaver Creek continues to rise, while a shelter for those choosing to evacuate the town has opened.

Early Monday morning, water was rushing over Ridge Avenue, three miles west of New Hartford.

Butler County Emergency Manager Mitch Nordstrom says Ridge Avenue acts as a dike for the town. He says if water goes over that road, there is a good possibility New Hartford will flood.

Water is also running over parts of Highway 57, west of New Hartford, and then again west of Parkersburg. 

In 2008, water washed out Ridge Avenue, flooding the whole town.

Nordstrom says the American Red Cross and Bremer County Emergency Management have set up an emergency shelter at the Boyd Community Building in Shell Rock.

The evacuation is not mandatory at this point, but officials are suggesting that residents leave before flooding gets worse.



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National Guard called to evacuate flooded Alaska town

May 28, 2013

By Kim Murphy

"A massive ice jam on the Yukon River sent a flood of water into Galena, Alaska, inundating most of the town and forcing the evacuation of nearly the entire population.

“I think the majority of the folks have been evacuated from the village,” Dave Streubel, National Weather Service hydrologist, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday afternoon as floodwaters approached the last lifeline to the isolated village -- the airport.

Water was backed up 40 to 50 miles behind the large ice jam at a sharp bend in the river known as Bishop Point, 15 miles downriver from Galena, and most of the town was flooded, Streubel said.

“Pretty much the entire village is under water, except for an area around the old Air Force runway, which the Air Force had built a dike around, and the water is up to 6 inches [from] going over the dike and flooding the runway,” he said.

Gov. Sean Parnell flew in to survey the damage Tuesday and called in the Alaska National Guard to help evacuate the estimated 75 residents still in town.

“We expect the flooding to become worse before the waters start to recede,” Parnell, a Republican, said in a statement. “Ensuring the safety of those impacted by the flooding remains my top priority.”

(They expect the ice jam to break Tues. night or Wed. morning)

Read more here



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Central Europe on Alert for Flooding

2 June 2013 Last updated at 14:13 ET

Homes have been evacuated across southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland as rivers reach dangerously high levels.

The Czech capital Prague is on high alert as a swell of floodwater moves in from the south.

Both Germany and Austria are deploying their armies to help emergency services.

A man was killed by a landslide near Salzburg in Austria and two people have died in the Czech Republic.

The Czech government has declared a nationwide state of emergency.

The Czech deaths came after floodwaters destroyed flimsy country cottages. Two more people are missing in the country after their raft overturned on a swollen river.

The BBC's Rob Cameron, in Prague, says the situation in the Czech capital is tense.

Firemen have been putting up metal flood barriers and volunteers filling sandbags as the River Vltava is due to reach peak levels in Prague some time on Monday morning.

Prime Minister Petr Necas has called a special cabinet session to co-ordinate the emergency response.

Authorities believe the river in Prague will not reach the levels it did in 2002, when parts of the city were devastated, but will still be high enough to cause severe damage.

Heavy rain

Bavaria's flood alert service warns that the forecast of continuing heavy rain is likely to worsen the flooding affecting the Danube and the Inn, among other rivers in the area.

The German cities of Passau and Rosenheim have declared a state of emergency.

Authorities in Passau, which lies at the confluence of three rivers in Bavaria, say they expect the Danube to reach 10.5m by Sunday evening and have requested help from the German army.

Bavaria is not the only German state to be affected; towns and cities in Saxony, Thuringia and Baden-Wuerttemberg are also inundated.

The Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that the German army is to be deployed in Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia to support the flood-affected areas.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has discussed the floods in phone calls with the premiers of Bavaria and Saxony, the paper says.

Landslip death

Near the Austrian city of Salzburg a man was found dead after being swept away as he worked to clear a landslip.

Two further people are missing in the Salzburg area, according to Austrian media. A third is missing in Vorarlberg.

The Austrian army was called in to help civil authorities in the settlement of Taxenbach, south of Salzburg. Their main task was to clear landslides and make roads passable.

Parts of the Pinzgau region, which includes Taxenbach, have been declared a disaster zone.

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Flood halts Mississippi River barge traffic north of St Louis

June 4, 2013

Karla Plume

"Reuters) - Barge traffic on a flooded stretch of the Mississippi River remained at a standstill on Tuesday, but relatively few vessels stood waiting at the channel's system of locks as shippers had received ample warning of the rising water.

The Port of St. Louis and eight locks on the major shipping artery from northern Iowa to St. Louis have been closed by the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers following record rains around the U.S. Midwest.

It was the third major hindrance to river shipping this year after record flooding on the Illinois River in April and the threat of a low-water closure of the Mississippi in January, events that further solidified communication between the industry and government officials that manage the river system.

"We have a very close working relationship with the river industry, so when we have an anticipated river closure, they know well before we close. It doesn't help if they're parked on the river," Army Corps spokesman Michael Petersen said.

The closures were expected to keep commercial navigation shuttered until at least the weekend or early next week, but shipping traffic will likely accelerate ahead of the anticipated reopening."

Read more here


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Germany steps up evacuations as floods swamp central Europe

June 10, 2013


"German authorities urged 15,000 more people to flee their homes in a city on the swollen Elbe river Sunday as central Europe's worst floods in a decade also threatened Hungary after causing havoc in the Czech Republic and Austria.

The river Danube reached a new record high in Budapest but the Hungarian capital's mayor sought to ease concerns, saying water levels were stabilising, although about 1,200 people were evacuated along the river.

The deluge has also sparked massive emergency responses in Austria and Slovakia.

A torrent of flood waters in Germany has turned vast areas into a brown water world, sparked a mass mobilisation of emergency workers and caused billions of euros in damage in what one lawmaker termed a "national catastrophe".

Rescue helicopters criss-crossed the sky and military armoured personnel carriers rumbled through the flood zone, where thousands of troops, firefighters and volunteers were frantically building up flood defences with sandbags."


23 dead in worst flooding seen across some regions of Europe in 500 years

June 10, 2013


"CZECH REPUBLIC – Expectations that Central Europe’s flooding would ease this week were put on hold following heavy rainfall over the weekend, as the Vltava and Elbe rivers swelled again to near critical levels in the Czech Republic while the flood wave moving through northern Germany triggered more evacuations. Forecasters are expecting more thunderstorms in parts of southern Germany, just as recovery efforts were beginning to get under way after the worst flooding seen in some areas in 500 years. And in Hungary, floodwaters were moving southwards after water levels stabilized in Budapest.


Early Monday, Czech weather office CHMU released new local flood warnings as rivers, including the Vltava and Elbe, swelled in several parts of the country after heavy thunderstorms and hail over the weekend and early Monday. More rain is expected at least through Tuesday, following localized flash floods on Sunday, which caused some street rain drains and sewers to overflow in Prague.


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Thousands of Germans evacuate as dam on Elbe river breaks



(Reuters) - Thousands of people left their homes in eastern Germany on Sunday as a dam burst on the swollen River Elbe and swathes of farmland were flooded in an attempt to spare towns, with meteorologists forecasting more rain.

In Magdeburg, one of the oldest cities in eastern Germany and a regional capital, some 23,000 people were asked to evacuate as water levels in the Elbe rose to a record 7.48 meters, around 5 meters above normal and surpassing the level reached in devastating floods in 2002.

"We helped yesterday to carry sandbags to secure the town. The mood is very depressed and frightened because many people have to leave their homes," said resident Liane Nagen.

There have been at least a dozen deaths as a result of floods that have hit Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic over the past week.

Officials said more than 8,000 people were evacuated by bus from towns and villages around Aken, south of Magdeburg. Some took their pets or farm animals with them.

A dam at the confluence of the River Elbe and the River Saale south of Magdeburg burst despite attempts to stabilize it. A dike was also breached, and a crisis unit said the high waters were likely to put further pressure on dikes in coming days."



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India monsoon floods kill scores

By Abhishek Madhukar

DHARAMSALA | Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:31pm IST

(Reuters) - Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 60 people and left tens of thousands stranded, officials said on Tuesday.

The rains are at least twice as heavy as usual in northwest and central India as the June-September monsoon spreads north, covering the whole country a month faster than normal.



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73 killed in North India rains, 73,000 stranded in HP and Uttarakhand


Anyone ever watch the Indian truck driver show on Discovery? This sure looks like it could be part of that route.

June 18, 2013

"Though rescue efforts picked up in flash flood and landslide-hit areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand with a let-up in the rains and decrease in water level in the Ganga and its tributaries, the whole of Uttarakhand still wore a marooned and devastated look.

Flash floods, cloudbursts and subsequent landslips in Uttarakhand have claimed 44 lives, left as many injured and destroyed 175 houses.

Rudraprayag was the worst hit where 20 people perished and 73 buildings, including 40 hotels along the banks of the River Alaknanda, were swept away by the swirling waters.

Pilgrims bound for Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, are stranded in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts with the 'Char Dham' yatra still suspended due to massive damage to the road network."


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India floods: Death toll in Uttarakhand 'passes 500'

21 June 2013

The death toll from flooding and landslides following heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has passed 500.

The state's Chief Minister, Vijay Bahuguna, said 556 bodies had been seen floating or buried in "slush", and that the army was working to recover them.

The charity Action Aid says 5,000 people are missing in the area.

Many of those stranded in the mountainous region are Hindu pilgrims visiting local shrines.



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This is a historical and unusual flood, but it is interesting in that it involved a flood of molasses.  :o

The 1919 Boston Molasses Flood: The forgotten tragedy too bizarre for the history books

A 30-foot wave of molasses claimed the lives of 21 people and injured 150 more.

By John Platt Mon, Jun 24 2013 at 12:24 PM

The 21 people who died in Boston on Jan. 15, 1919, had little warning of the events that were about to occur. According to an article published the next day in The New York Times (pdf), the only sound before the disaster was "a dull, muffled roar." That was the noise made by the explosion of a massive tank of molasses owned by the Purity Distilling Company. Moments later, more than 2 million gallons of hot, thick, sticky molasses flooded the surrounding streets, destroying buildings, overturning wagons and trucks, and even knocking an elevated train off its tracks. Witnesses say the wave of molasses reached as high as 30 feet tall and it traveled as fast as 35 miles per hour.


read more here:  http://www.mnn.com/family/protection-safety/stories/the-1919-boston-molasses-flood-the-forgotten-tragedy-too-bizarre

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Roads closed by flash flooding

June 26, 2013

"MADISON, Wis. -

Another 2 inches of rain has fallen in Madison Wednesday morning, and is causing major problems for an area that has seen a lot of rain in the past week.

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About 20 Dane County roads were closed because of flooding as of 7:20 a.m., according to Dane County Emergency Management.

Madison police said that as of 8 a.m. traffic was being redirected at the following roads because of high water:

•Watts Road at Gammon Road

•Eau Claire at Buffalo

•Deming Way at Blackhawk Drive

•North Stoughton at Lexington

•University Avenue at Campus Drive (Watch crews clearing sludge Wednesday morning on University)

•North Park Street at Spring Street

•Mineral Point Road at Science Drive

In Rock County, 12 roads were being monitored and two were closed by the sheriff including:"


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