Monthly archives: June 2016

Jun

20
2016

Fires, floods and a double whammy

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This week, Fort McMurray in Alberta was hit with a double whammy.  Residents had just started to rebuild after a massive fire that had been raging out of control for weeks.  Evacuees were just returning, many of them to find they had nothing to return to.  After dealing with fire, hornets, wasps and bears, the bears having moved in to feast on the bounty of waste product residents left behind in the mad dash to escape, they are now dealing with flooding. While it is not as bad as it was in 2013, it is one more headache to deal with for residents who are surely at the breaking point.  Damage reports are sparse, because compared to the scale of devastation wrought by the fire, it did virtually none.  There was basement flooding and sewage backup, however, meaning some of what precious little the returning residents were salvaging, those who had lost nearly everything, also sustained damage.

What happened with the flooding situation in Fort McMurray is considerably mild when compared to what happened in Texas.  55 people had to be rescued from the raging torrent there, but tragically six people could not be rescued. Additionally, an 11 year old boy is presumed dead.  Hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes to escape the path of the rising flood waters.  The Brazos River reached the 54 foot (16.4m) mark, a new record.

In British Columbia, the district of Chetwynd is completely cut off from the rest of the province due to flooding there.  Over 79mm of rain fell over Chetwynd, and there was even some snow, making an incredibly dangerous situation on the highway that connects it to the rest of province.  The route will be closed for an indefinite period of time.  In Dawson’s Creek, BC, flooding necessitated a dramatic water rescue, with three people trapped in a car teetering over the edge a waterfall that was once a road.  They received a record amount of rain that triggered the flooding that damaged large swathes of BC.  In Winnepeg, 44ml (1.73 in) fell in only a half hour.  The storm system that dumped that incredibly heavy rainfall also brought baseball sized hail.  There are not yet any damage reports from the hail, but we will update you with any we hear of next week.

In other news, a conflagration in southern California is out of control.  Over 1,200 firefirghters are required to fight it, and they have not had great success, The fire is currently larger than 4,000 acres.  Officials have ordered 400 houses near Santa Barbara to be evacuated.

Unfortunately, the tragic events we reported on are in no way a full reflection of what has been going on in the world. If you would like to see all of our recent headlines, please click here.


Jun

20
2016

Six dead, 11-year-old boy missing, in Texas floods | BreakingNews.ie

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Breakingnews.ie reports that...

Authorities in central Texas have found two more bodies along flooded streams, bringing the death toll from severe weather in the state to six.
It is unclear whether a body found in Travis County near Austin is one of the two people still missing in Texas, while an 11-year-old boy remains missing in central Kansas.

Read more at www.breakingnews.ie


Jun

19
2016

Storm hits Winnipeg, knocks out power and floods streets – Manitoba – CBC News

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Cbc.ca reports that...

According to Environment Canada, 44 millimetres fell in less than a half-hour during one cloudburst in the St. Vital and Sage Creek neighbourhoods.

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Jun

19
2016

News – SoCal fire surges to 4,000 acres; evacuations underway – The Weather Network

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Theweathernetwork.com reports that...

More than 1200 firefighters are working around the clock to battle a growing wildfire in southern California.

Read more at www.theweathernetwork.com


Jun

19
2016

UK weather forecast sees Met Office issue 10 flood alerts over heavy rain | Daily Mail Online

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Dailymail.co.uk reports that...

Flash flooding has left parts of the country under water after heavy rain fell overnight, with more rain expected in the South today.

Read more at www.dailymail.co.uk


Jun

19
2016

Sydney and Queensland to be hit by heavy rain and flash flooding | Daily Mail Online

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Dailymail.co.uk reports that...

Torrential rains and violent gusts are due to lash eastern Australia on Sunday, with emergency services already preparing for flash flooding and wind damage.

Read more at www.dailymail.co.uk


Jun

15
2016

Chetwynd declares state of emergency as flooding cuts off northeastern B.C. – British Columbia – CBC News

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Cbc.ca reports that...

The District of Chetwynd in northeastern British Columbia has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain caused havoc and flooding throughout the region on Wednesday.

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Jun

14
2016

Torrential Rain, Overflowing Rivers Flood Houses, Roads Across Bulgaria – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

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Novinite.com reports that...

Torrential rainfall and overflowing rivers flooded houses and roads across

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Jun

14
2016

‘Plum Rains’ bring further flooding to southern China – News from Al Jazeera

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Aljazeera.com reports that...

Floods in Guizhou province left 29,000 people isolated following massive thunderstorms in the area. As much as 134 millimetres of rain fell in a short period on Friday, sending flood waters tearing through the villages of Jiuchao and Maogong, sweeping three people away.

Read more at www.aljazeera.com


Jun

13
2016

5 killed and 30 missing after landslide hits west Colombia road works

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Colombiareports.com reports that...

At least five people were killed and another 15 were reported missing in the west of Colombia on Thursday after a landslide struck workers removing rubble from a previous landslide.

Read more at colombiareports.com